American Revolution Essay

1832 Words Sep 3rd, 2013 8 Pages
“Ultimately, for Jefferson, it made no difference whether Indians were removed to the Rocky Mountains, 'extirpated from the earth,' or allowed to remain in the United States. Indians as Indians could not be tolerated in the republican civilization the American Revolution had created. The new nation must have a 'homogeneous' population.”

After the American Revolution, the newly formed United States of America refocused their attention from deciding on what kind of society they wanted, to how they were going to get this society. Thomas Jefferson was the mastermind behind the proposal of a republican society, a society rooted in a civilization made up of people that were homogenous and virtuous, centered on pure morality. However, now
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In other words, Jefferson wanted a society where everyone would be equal, unchanging, and essentially, all the same. If the United States was a Utopian society, where everything was perfect socially, politically, and morally, a homogenous population would definitely be possible; however, the people did not realize that being identical would never be possible, even without the presence of Indians. The first thing Jefferson wanted in a citizen was the ability to distinguish between right and wrong. This would be easier said than done. Having a moral sense was what he thought “something man felt within him…in short, his conscience” and that this moral perfection was something attainable by all whites (Takaki 37). Did he also consider all the temptations that came with this world, including women, alcohol, gambling, and pure lust for luxury? Did he really think that all men could be perfect? Yes, he did. Although having some predispositions, he still maintained faith in his people. He strongly trusted that all men had a conscience and would use it wisely. This was faulty on his part because even though he knew his men could be morally grounded, he didn’t contemplate the possibility that not all men were as righteous as Jefferson himself, and may not be able to realize what is right from wrong, and possibly not even care if their actions were immoral. Failing to keep tabs on his own people, he

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