9. That Jefferson Scandal May Not Be Real
Rumors of Thomas Jefferson's sexual shenanigans with his slave Sally Hemings have been circling around the esteemed founding father since 1802. A report of the Monticello Research Committee examined the DNA of Hemings' descendants against Jefferson's DNA and, in conjunction with oral histories, concluded that the affair was very likely. But minister David Barton, who founded Wallbuilders, which seeks to abolish the separation of church and state, suspects that the DNA testing was faked. He says that Jefferson's licentiousness was concocted by a vast 20th century liberal conspiracy and that Jefferson's virtue was sacrificed in the late 1990s to take the pressure off President Clinton's scandals.