JOURNAL OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC (Fall 2013) After the 1998 DNA test ruled out the Carr brothers, previously identified by white Jefferson descendants as the fathers of Sally's children, the vast majority of academics concluded that the debate was over. Wiencek may believe that yet another examination is necessary, even if it leads to the same conclusions as those reached by Gordon-Reed, but his chapter adds little to what we already know. Regrettably, the same could be said for his entire volume. Do ugla s R. Ege rton is Professor of History at Le Moyne College and the 20112012 Mary Ball Washington Professor at University College Dublin. His books include Gabriel's Rebellion: The Virginia Slave Conspiracies of 1800 and 1802 (Chapel Hill, NC, 1993) and Death or Liberty: African Americans and Revolutionary America (New York, 2009). Thomas Jefferson and American Nationhood. By Brian Steele. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012, Pp. 321. Hardcover, $99.00.) Reviewed by Jeremy D. Bailey In Thomas Jefferson and American Nationhood, Brian Steele argues that Jefferson's seeming contradictions can be resolved through a reconceptualization of the American nation in Jefferson's politics. Steele's book is ambitiously conceived and beautifully executed. It is nothing less than
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