Jefferson and the Indians: The Tragic Fate of the First Americans

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Harvard University Press, 2009 - 416 sider

In Thomas Jefferson's time, white Americans were bedeviled by a moral dilemma unyielding to reason and sentiment: what to do about the presence of black slaves and free Indians. That Jefferson himself was caught between his own soaring rhetoric and private behavior toward blacks has long been known. But the tortured duality of his attitude toward Indians is only now being unearthed.

In this landmark history, Anthony Wallace takes us on a tour of discovery to unexplored regions of Jefferson's mind. There, the bookish Enlightenment scholar--collector of Indian vocabularies, excavator of ancient burial mounds, chronicler of the eloquence of America's native peoples, and mourner of their tragic fate--sits uncomfortably close to Jefferson the imperialist and architect of Indian removal. Impelled by the necessity of expanding his agrarian republic, he became adept at putting a philosophical gloss on his policy of encroachment, threats of war, and forced land cessions--a policy that led, eventually, to cultural genocide.

In this compelling narrative, we see how Jefferson's close relationships with frontier fighters and Indian agents, land speculators and intrepid explorers, European travelers, missionary scholars, and the chiefs of many Indian nations all complicated his views of the rights and claims of the first Americans. Lavishly illustrated with scenes and portraits from the period, "Jefferson and the Indians" adds a troubled dimension to one of the most enigmatic figures of American history, and to one of its most shameful legacies.

 

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JEFFERSON AND THE INDIANS: The Tragic Fate of the First Americans

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Returning to his interest in the native tribes (The Long Bitter Trail: Andrew Jackson and the Indians, 1993, etc.), Bancroft Prize—winning historian Wallace gives us a book that immediately becomes ... Les hele vurderingen

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While Bernard W. Sheehan's Seeds of Extinction: Jeffersonian Philanthropy and the American Indian (1974) explores the Jeffersonian period, Wallace, an emeritus anthropology professor at the University ... Les hele vurderingen

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Introduction Logan s Mourner
1
1 The L and Companies
21
2 The Indian W ars
50
3 Notes on the Vanishing Aborigines
75
4 Native Americans through European Eyes
108
5 In Search of Ancient Americans
130
6 Civilizing the Uncivilized Frontier
161
7 President Jeffersons Indian Policy
206
9 Confrontation with the Old Way
276
10 Return to Philosophical Hall
318
Conclusion Jeffersons Troubled Legacy
335
Notes
341
Acknowledgments
375
List of Illustrations
377
List of Documents
379
Index
381

8 The Louisiana Territory
241

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Anthony F. C. Wallace is University Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, at the University of Pennsylvania, winner of the Bancroft Prize in American history for his book Rockdale, and the author of The Death and Rebirth of the Seneca and The Long, Bitter Trail.

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