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BHM: The 6 black U.S. Presidents that came before Barack Obama

Posted by on Feb. 25, 2013 at 12:23 AM
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Though is are only a few more days left of BHM.  It won't stop me from posting throughout the year any interesting black history facts I come across.  Also because I love interesting history facts and love to share them. 

While there are some out there who think Obama was the first black or biracial U.S. president.  I have never believed that he was.  Back in the day, if you were a really light skinned black, you could pass for white and a lot did.  It was much easy for survival purposes to live in society.  Unfortunately for some to do that, they had to abandon their family so as not to give away their true race. 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/18/black-presidents-6-united-states-obama_n_2711887.html#slide=2122101

'Black Presidents': 6 United States Commanders In Chief Before Obama

Barack Obama is widely known as the United States' first black president. But is he really the country's first African-American commander-in-chief?

Of course author Toni Morrison famously declared that former president Bill Clinton was really the nation's first black head of state, however, rumor has it there are six other former presidents who had African-American ancestry.

Several scholars have discussed the genealogy of these presidents in the past, and the debate was reignited after Obama was elected in 2008.

Check out the slideshow below for a list of former heads of state who allegedly were descendants of African-Americans.

Thomas Jefferson

In his 19-page pamphlet 'The Five Negro Presidents,' Joel A. Rogers wrote that the country's third president was described by a political opponent as the "son of a half-breed Indian squaw and a Virginia mulatto father."

It is no secret that Jefferson fathered children with his slave Sally Hemmings from his Monticello residence. However, any evidence of African ancestry remains unconfirmed.

Jefferson allegedly destroyed all papers, portraits and personal effects of his mother when she died.


Andrew Jackson

In his 2001 book, 'Black People And Their Place in History,' Dr. Leroy Vaughn cites an article written in the Virginia Magazine of History that the country's seventh president was the son of an Irish woman who married a black man. The magazine also stated that Jackson's oldest brother had been sold as a slave.

This assertion remains unconfirmed.


Abraham Lincoln

The country's 16th president is widely known as "The Great Emancipator," but in his book, Rogers wrote that Lincoln was in fact the illegitimate son of an African man, and that his mother was said to have admitted that he was the progeny of a black man.

This assertion has yet to be confirmed.


Warren Harding

The country's 29th president, never denied his black heritage. According to Rogers, "Harding had black ancestors between both sets of parents. William Chancellor, a white professor of economics and politics at Wooster College in Ohio, wrote a book on the Harding family genealogy and identified Black ancestors among both parents of President Harding. Justice Department agents allegedly bought and destroyed all copies of this book. Chancellor also said that Harding's only academic credentials included education at Iberia College, which was founded in order to educate fugitive slaves."


Calvin Coolidge

In his book, Dr. Vaughn claimed that the nation's 30th president also had black ancestry, writing Coolidge "claimed his mother was dark because of mixed Indian ancestry. Coolidge's mother's maiden name was β€˜Moor’, in Europe the name was given to all blacks. Dr. Auset Bakhufu says that by 1800 the New England Indian was hardly any longer pure Indian, because they had mixed so often with Blacks."


Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dr. Auset Bakhufu includes the 34th president in his book 'Six Black Presidents: Black Blood : White Masks USA,' saying Eisenhower's mother, Ida Elizabeth Stover Eisenhower, an anti-war advocate, was part black.

 

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leaniece
by Platinum Member on Feb. 25, 2013 at 1:03 AM
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Wow, these are interesting. I knew about Thomas Jefferson sleeping with his slave but not about him possibly being of African ancestry. Thanks for sharing.
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.Peaches.
by Le Chatte Noire on Feb. 25, 2013 at 7:54 AM

My history teacher in middle school was a white lady, and man, she gave us the down and the low on the things that other teachers were NOT teaching, and Thomas Jefferson having jungle fever was one of them.

I knew about all of them except Abe Lincoln....I'd love to see how close historians have gotten to confirming that.

Stacey1081975
by Gold Member on Feb. 25, 2013 at 7:57 AM
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Cool I will share

SunFlower700
by Gold Member on Feb. 25, 2013 at 10:34 AM
Quoting .Peaches.:

My history teacher in middle school was a white lady, and man, she gave us the down and the low on the things that other teachers were NOT teaching, and Thomas Jefferson having jungle fever was one of them.

I knew about all of them except Abe Lincoln....I'd love to see how close historians have gotten to confirming that.




I have heard rumors his bio-mom (Lincoln) was Ethiopian. IDK
diaperstodating
by Silver Member on Feb. 25, 2013 at 10:37 AM
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Interesting. Thank you for sharing.
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.Peaches.
by Le Chatte Noire on Feb. 25, 2013 at 10:50 AM
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Quoting SunFlower700:

Quoting .Peaches.:

My history teacher in middle school was a white lady, and man, she gave us the down and the low on the things that other teachers were NOT teaching, and Thomas Jefferson having jungle fever was one of them.

I knew about all of them except Abe Lincoln....I'd love to see how close historians have gotten to confirming that.




I have heard rumors his bio-mom (Lincoln) was Ethiopian. IDK

You've piqued my interest now...its off to Google for the next hour.

Thanks. Like I needed something else that is a total time-suck. LOL

madcat500
by Bronze Member on Feb. 25, 2013 at 11:22 AM
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wow info like this is good all year

Babujai
by Silver Member on Feb. 25, 2013 at 12:01 PM
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 This is awesome.  I've often heard the rumors about Abe Lincoln, but no one else.

Mommabearbergh
by Gold Member on Feb. 25, 2013 at 2:17 PM

I guess for me it all could be true but seeing how most wanted to hide or had everything destroyed no one will truly know.

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