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Colonial America settled by Western Europeans initially displayed social and cultural characteristics similar to the group by which it was founded As America grew population density increased government was established and a notion of civilization was embedded into the American mindset The previous influences in combination with other factors such as Americas distance from Europe helped the United States wage and win the Revolutionary war The US gaining its Independence inevitably was to evolve its own unique cultural traits Early America portrayed the wild frontier as part of their national identity while common colonial American ideology stigmatized the associated Native American culture as less civilized as savage and as subordinate to modern eighteenth and nineteenth century societies Factors such as Western European influence racist ideology subjective sciences and speculative theories all contributed to a prejudiced judgment passed on Native Americans Throughout the eighteenth century Europeans and arguably colonial Americans too were seen as the most prone to the principles of popular government freedom and liberty Horsman pg18 A creationist view popularized throughout Europe and the United States suggested that people were the products of their environment and thus differences in people could be explained by differences in their environments Horsman pg 43 European thinkers Pinkerton White Foster Buffon and Voltaire while having varied views on the origin of man and the existence of biological determinism held the white race superior in some sense to all others Similarly Jefferson Washington and later Lincoln publicly held the Caucasian race superior The former two studied the freedoms and liberties which the Anglo-Saxon race had pursued since their Teutonic origins and believed them to be the most fit to govern Horsman pg18 This prejudice whether based on environmental factors or biological determinism was ingrained in Americas beginning and would later be justified in various ways As Jefferson believed blacks inferior to whites he did not claim to know whether it was from environmental circumstance or biological determinism Gould
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