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

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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

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Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 2nd 2001 by Belknap Press (first published 1999)
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Robin Friedman
Many works on early United States history tend to give Indian affairs less attention than it deserves. There are two recent books with which I am familiar that help correct this situation. The first is Robert Remini's study of Jacksonian America, "Andrew Jackson and his Indian Wars". The second is Professor Wallace's book on Jefferson's relationship to the Indians, which I am reviewing here.

Remini's and Wallace's book can be read together because both tell parts of the same sad story. Expansioni...more
Nathan
A neat blend of ethnography, politics and history, this dense book fills a unique place in Jefferson biography. Jefferson's figure is actually relegated to a secondary role here; while his policies are extensively dealt with, they are always done so in the context of the native peoples they affected. This emphasis, as opposed to the tack of viewing Jefferson's policies as an outgrowth of his character, is important for several reasons: first, it reveals that the attitudes and prejudices behind J...more
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