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Should a man suffer condemnation for his thoughts or views This is a question that one may pose while studying the Jeffersonian era Did our third President Thomas Jefferson allow his personal mission towards developing a Republican society leak into his Presidency to the point where blacks and Indians would pay for his beliefs If so to what extent did his beliefs have an effect on blacks and American Indians of the early nineteenth century How did he feel about the slave and Indian population Did he have a preference towards one population over the other If so did he provide considerations for one more than he did so for the other In this article we will review the primary and secondary sources of Jeffersonian mentality actions and policy In the end we must decide whether Jefferson was for the people meaning all of those who inhabited the United States or simply for a Republican society We must be able to judge his words against his actions while in the office of the President The first issue we must address is Jeffersons feelings about blacks and the Indians As stated in Ronald Takakis piece Within the Bowels of the Republic Jefferson held strong feelings towards the Indians and the blacks Surely both groups were quite beneficial to Jefferson The blacks were his resource to wealth Jefferson knew that owning black slaves and the breeding of additional slaves was the key to his wealth As a republican Jefferson felt that debt was to be loathed and that blacks could bring him out of debt Indeed they did this very thing making Jefferson a very wealthy man Jefferson also found use in the Indians who provided excellent guidance to Lewis and Clark during their expedition However while Jefferson found both of these groups to be useful he also had very legitimate fears Concerning blacks Jefferson felt that while holding them as slaves was wrong and against
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