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Jefferson and His Views on Slavery(2)

August 19, 2015

(Editor’s note: This history lesson on Thomas Jefferson and his views and actions concerning slavery is worth reading.) Recently, leaders of the Democratic Party of Connecticut voted unanimously to delete the name of Thomas Jefferson from their annual fundraising dinner. Jefferson was, after all, a slave owner. Democrats in other states are reportedly considering similar […]

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Remembering Reagan at 101

It was an honor to know and work for Ronald Reagan, whose 101st birthday we celebrate this month. I “cut my political teeth” working for him in West Texas in 1976 and 1980, running for the U.S. House at his suggestion in 1978, and later serving in his administration in several executive positions. I was […]

Resolving the Sally Hemings Myth

(This article first ran in The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, VA on December 11, 2011.) A new book raises serious doubts about the allegation that Thomas Jefferson had a sexual relationship with the enslaved Sally Hemings that produced one or more children. Entitled “The Jefferson-Hemings Controversy: Report of the Scholars Commission,” it presents the conclusions […]

Black History is Virginia History

Black history in America began in Virginia in 1619. It’s impossible to separate Virginia and Black history. Likewise, Black history for the future should be written in Virginia – if we Virginians, choose the right path forward and upward. The next era of Black history can be the greatest chapter ever. The past three eras provide a platform for race-based history. The next era should be one of a race-irrelevant future.