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Prompt: William Wells Brown’s Clotel; or The President’s Daughter is based in part on the legendary sexual relationship of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, who Jefferson enslaved. Since Jefferson was one of the writers of the Declaration of Independence and a president of the United States, this story was particularly appropriate for Brown’s argument that slavery thrived because of the complicity of the country’s leader and that moral degeneracy was not limited to overseers and enslavers. Take a position on how and why Brown’s novel represents a critique of slavery in the south, continued racism in the North, and religious and moral hypocrisy of our founding fathers. Research the moral debates and their implications for the revision of U.S. history that have recently arisen in the wake of DNA tests on Jefferson’s and Heming’s descendants. Provide evidence from primary and secondary sources.
Requirements • Length: 5 pages, double spaced, standard 12-point font with one-inch margins. • Follows MLA essay format with appropriate headings. • Engages ALL sources quoted with proper MLA in-text or parenthetical citations (noting that your issue may require engaging more than three sources). Includes works cited page (doesn’t count as one of the five pages). • Papers must be carefully PROOFREAD. Spelling, correct punctuation and grammar are IMPORTANT aspects of writing. They will matter in this essay.
Primary source: https://docsouth.unc.edu/southlit/brown/brown.html