0.8 x 8.4 x 5.7 Inches; 163 pages; "In Jefferson's Pillow, Wilkins returns
to America's beginnings and the founding fathers who preached and fought
for freedom, even though they owned other human beings and legally denied
them their humanity. He asserts that the mythic accounts of the American
Revolution have ignored slavery and oversimplified history until the
heroes, be they the founders or the slaves in their service, are denied
any human complexity. Wilkins offers a thoughtful analysis of this
fundamental paradox through his exploration of the lives of George
Washington, George Mason, James Madison, and of course Thomas Jefferson.
He discusses how class, education, and personality allowed for the
institution of slavery, unravels how we as Americans tell different sides
of that story, and explores the confounding ability of that narrative to
limit who we are and who we can become."