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Jefferson's Blood

Exploring "Thomas Jefferson, his slave and mistress Sally Hemings, their descendants, and the mysterious power of race," the site offers sections such as View the Jefferson-Hemings story, Is It True?, The Jefferson Enigma, The Slaves' Story, Mixed Race America, quiz, chronology, teacher's guide, tapes and transcripts, and more.


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Tammy Garren
Tammy Garren (Content Developer/Instructional Designer)
8 years ago
Great resource that connects students to material from trusted historians. Well-organized content with clear descriptions. Could be used to help students think about presenting and defending arguments with evidence. Content helps students place the information in temporal context (chronology). Most useful for more mature students (college level) but could be differentiated for use in high school or middle school.
Time spent reviewing site: 1 hour
Philip Gould
Philip Gould (Faculty)
13 years ago
The up to date information on the Jefferson-Hemings issue presents numerous sides to the question and would be beneficial to instructors in survey level classes. In addition, for upper division instructors, information is presented linking this controversy and its historiography to what Barbara Tuchman called, "the practice of history."

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Some of the links to this site need to be updated, as the web sites they originally linked to no longer exist.