Reading #1: Edmund S. Morgan, “Slavery and Freedom: The American Paradox,” Journal of American History, 59 (1972): 5-29.
Reading #2: Roger W. Wilkins, Jefferson’s Pillow : The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism (Boston: Beacon Press, 2002), Xi – 50.
Based on the above readings, write as 600-850 word essay explaining how Wilkins and Morgan resolve the “American Paradox” regarding slavery and freedom, both emerging from colonial Virginia. This is a short assignment, so make sure every word counts and that you avoid wordy sentences. It is important to get to the point of the topic at hand and avoid getting involved in a narrative structure. Start with an outline based on themes, rather than chronology, in an analytical essay, such as this one. This paper must be typed in Times New Roman font at 12 point and must be double-spaced with 1.25 margins. Punctuation and style, will be according to Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. Reference (cite) all sources, including paraphrased passages, using the standard parenthetical reference style outlined in Turabian. A reference list, at the end of the paper, is required.
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