The Debate Amongst Historians

Today we will examine and have a discussion about primary/secondary sources revolving around an 18th century event that is still being debated about by scholars.

The Imperfect Jefferson

Our conversation today will revolve around the controversial figure of Thomas Jefferson and his relationship to slavery. I have selected some sources; both primary and secondary that discuss TJ and the Sally Hemings story. I will assign each group a source.

In your groups,

Please answer the the following prompts in a couple of sentences:

* The main points/main ideas presented in the source.

* State what kind of source you and your group members have read through. Is it a magazine or newspaper article? Book chapter,? Primary source document? etc.

* Explain why you think your source is credible. Why is it a legitimate piece? How are you sure it is?

* Class discussion!