At the Dawn of Day is a collection of essays that address the many facets of Jefferson's achievements and personality. The essays cover familiar topics such as religion, the Declaration of Independence and Monticello, however, there are also essays on the Golden Ratio, women's rights, beer brewing and the Maine moose incident. Additionally, the book contains two poems on Jefferson.
At the Dawn of Day celebrates the long and diverse life of Thomas Jefferson with stories that trace his footsteps though Philadelphia and address "What Would Jefferson Do?" concerning today's pressing problems. Twenty-one scholars express their views on Jefferson as a father, president and inventor.