Season 18, Episode 14 Jefferson's Blood

First Aired: May 2, 2000

Correspondent Shelby Steele explores how Thomas Jefferson might have tried to reconcile his relationship with his slave Sally Hemings. Also: how Hemings' descendants live with their legacy. Uneasily---with each other and society at large---a number of them say. As for Jefferson: “He was circled by the terms of America's racial primitivism,” Steele says. “And this man of the Enlightenment must have known himself as primitive.”

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  • Premise: PBS's primary public-affairs documentary series, `Frontline' focuses on one (usually timely) topic each program. Overseen since its inception by executive producer David Fanning, it has been honored regularly over the years, winning 34 DuPont-Columbia awar… (more)

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