"There are no known images of Sally Hemings and only four known descriptions of her appearance or demeanor" according the the Jefferson Monticello site. "Sally Hemings left no known written accounts. It is not known if she was literate." Oh, but we can dream, can't we? Think Sean Young, the deep, dark and delicious replicant Rachel of Bladerunner, as "the other," soulmate to a widowed Thomas Jefferson.
"Dear Roger L. Simon and Jim Nolte," we twittered this afternoon:
My fantasy: Hollywood film, with British production values, of Thomas Jefferson/Sally Hemings affair as true romance.
"Interesting idea, Sissy," Roger responded:
How would you do?
Consulting with Tuck, we came up with this:
Hubby Tuck thinks Sally must have been a rock for wavering Thomas ... had lost his beloved wife, financial problems ...
It's the Darwinian thing of new blood giving life to dying bloodline. Or something.
"Could have aspects of both," responds Roger. More from Tuck:
It'd be nice to see that relationship humanized so that we could get over the constant carping about racism and the whole stupid business. Nobody knows what went on.
I think of the John Adams series and how that brought history to life. It would be extremely sensitive. A lot of people would be offended.
Yup. The usual suspects among our friends on the left side of the aisle who substitute accusations of racism for engagement in debate come to mind.