Mr Hyland penned the book "In Defense Of Thomas Jefferson".
He makes the case that "Thomas Jefferson is not the 'baby daddy' of Sally Hemmings children".
He then goes on to list other books that defend his point:
- Jefferson Vindicated
- The Thomas Jefferson - Sally Hemings Myth and the Politicization of American History
In my view this is but a defense of ONE MAN. Thus it misses the point.
The indictment for the impregnation of Sally Hemmings is upon the entire system of the United States which forced her into the situation that she was in via duress.
Sally Hemmings had NO CHOICE in deciding the question of which man would sire her children. Like an arranged marriage in its most brutal form - she was viewed under the law as "property". Her refusal to engage in such a relationship that was imposed upon her meant physical assault, selling of a beloved family member and/or her own death.
In my view it is totally irrelevant which individual man from the Jefferson family of more than 200 years ago ultimately injected his sperm cells into Sally Hemmings' womb to impregnate her. It is the system that Thomas Jefferson and other "founding father's" documented and the approval of such by all of the Jefferson boys and the majority of other Americans that I find most contemptuous. This is the issue that should be placed on trial.
Had Ms Hemmings had her choice she likely would have built up a relationship with a man of her own choosing who addressed her specific needs in a partnership. They would have had and raised a child TOGETHER. Instead we are left to debate who's sperm is the culprit. The children that Ms Hemmings had with one of the "Jefferson boys" was NOT claimed as their own in full public view. Thus their lower humanity was enforced by the perverted society that existed back then which would dare to inferiorize equal human creations from God.
This is merely a colonial version of "Maury" or "Jerry Springer" absent DNA paternity tests at the time.