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Sally Hemings: An American Scandal ()

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featuring Sam Neill, Carmen Ejogo, Diahann Carroll, Mare Winningham, Mario Van Peebles

This miniseries details the complex real-life relationship between Thomas Jefferson (Sam Neill), author of the Declaration of Independence and his slave Sally Hemings (Carmen Ejogo). Fuelled by recent DNA evidence of the Hemings-Jefferson relationship, the miniseries sidesteps much of Jefferson's political life and instead focuses on the love story. Though she acquired her freedom at age 16 while traveling with Jefferson to France, she faithfully remained with her lover throughout his life in spite of emotional consequences to both her brother and her children -- who were doomed to be sold as slaves. Jonathan Crow, Rovi Hide synopsis

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StarlightWoods

Excellent handling of controversial history

by StarlightWoods on Jan 29, 2009

Excellent handling of a sensitive historic subject that has been too long ignored and disclaimed. Modern DNA testing confirms what Thomas Jefferson's acknowledged (white) descendants refuse to accept--That he fathered all of Sally Hemmings' children. Contrary to many similar liaisons of the time, the author's research seems to show that Mr. Jefferson deeply cared for and respected Ms. Hemmings and that their relationship was one of mutual love and commitment highly unusual for the time.

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