Class Notes

Most people blame Andrew Jackson for Indian removal, and he should be, but Jefferson had similar ideas. Jefferson was not anti-Indian, he saw them as similar to what Europeans were centuries before, tribal backwards people.  Jefferson believed given time Indians would civilize just as Europeans had, but the problem was in the meantime the two cultures would clash too much.  What Jefferson hoped to see was Indians moved west where they could develop and then rejoin civilization. 

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