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Seventy-five years later, the 1950s Civil Rights era exhumes the scandal. Ebony profiles the mostly squalid condition of "Thomas Jefferson's Grandchildren." From the Book-of-the-Month Club to the racial rhetorical barricades, the story that "dragged after Jefferson like a dead cat" is news again. "Jefferson Establishment" scholars rush to defend their hero, decrying the use of this juicy story "as a weapon to embitter the battle over Negro rights," calling it a tall tale, a myth, a legend. Game on again!