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Sally Hemings: An American Scandal (2000)

Epic television miniseries exploring the complicated relationship of Thomas Jefferson and slave Sally Hemings, who conducted a 38 year love affair, spanning an ocean, ultimately producing children, grandchildren, and lots of controversy.

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The story of the extraordinary, controversial thirty-eight-year relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slave mistress, Sally Hemings. The teenage Sally begins her unexpected relationship with widower Thomas Jefferson in Paris where he is serving as the U.S. Ambassador to France. After escorting Jefferson's younger daughter on a trans-Atlantic journey to join him in Paris, Sally is soon exposed to a world quite unlike the one in which she has lived as an illiterate slave in Monticello. While Sally serves as a nanny of sorts, Jefferson provides her with an education, fine clothes and opportunities to experience cultural events. She and her brother, James, who works as Jefferson's chef and was also educated by him, delight in the fact that they are free in France-and are treated with respect. It is under these circumstances that Sally and Jefferson become acquainted with one another and begin an affair that will ultimately lead to scandal. Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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The true story of the controversial romance between President Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings. See more »


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Several progeny (children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren) of the Hemings/Jefferson relationship did in fact have Thomas Jefferson's trademark red hair, and after leaving Monticello lived openly as white, and married white spouses, and personally identified as white, not black or colored. The progeny of the Hemings/Jefferson relationship were, in fact, 7/8 Caucasian European. Several were considered exceptionally handsome or beautiful. See more »

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Sally Hemings: I was born a slave, but destined to scandal.
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ON SCREEN: Sally Hemings tended Thomas Jefferson's grave until her death in 1835. See more »

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It was great!!
18 June 2000 | by (Louisiana) – See all my reviews

I thought the movie was great!! I missed a few parts of it, which I would really like to see, but the parts I did see were really good. I think Sam Neill and Carmen Ejogo did excellent jobs. I think everyone did great on the movie and hopefully I will get to see it again so I can see the parts I missed!!


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