An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America
Author Henry Wiencek explores slavery in America through the lens of George Washington’s life, and death, as a slaveholder. Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award for history and the Best Book of 2003 award from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic. Read CTTT Community member Ken Collier’s review of the book under Spotlight.
Americans are, in some very important ways, a rather unsophisticated people. One lack of sophistication lies in the ways we idolize and idealize our heroes. It is as if we think that flaws somehow detract from the importance of a hero.