Jefferson And The Indians : The Tragic Fate Of The First Americans

840 Words Nov 22nd, 2015 4 Pages
Over the course of mankind, certain populations of peoples have been persecuted and targeted by one person in particular; the Jewish people were persecuted by Hitler, the Cambodians by Pol Pot, the people of Uganda by Idi Amin, and the Kurds by Saddam Hussein. Sadly, all of these are stifled in comparison to the systematic and intentional destruction of the un-countless tribes of Native Americans by Thomas Jefferson. Despite the numerous accolades history has bestowed on a man who was the second Vice President and third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson’s atrocities against the Native Americans of the new world has largely been ignored and almost forgiven by historians. In Jefferson and the Indians: The Tragic Fate of the First Americans, Anthony F.C. Wallace outlines Jefferson’s hunger for Westward expansion during his time in office and its tragic consequences on Native Americans.
Native Americans possessed and occupied almost all of the eastern United States up until the 1830s and 1840s when they were completely removed by executive order. When Jefferson become President in March of 1801, he came into office eager for westward expansion and would stop at nothing to accomplish his goals; he was known as “the apostle of liberty”, and “had a deeply controlling temperate” (p. 14). Aside from Native Americans, there were other groups of populations including blacks and Louisiana white, that he was willing to move “across rivers, continents, and oceans to…

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