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To understand the present we must first understand our history through this same process we can come to understand Thomas Jefferson in contrast Jefferson was responsible for laying the foundation for much of what we now know to be America from the formation of the Constitution to his role in the formation of modern government It is Jeffersons foundation among great minds of their time just as influential in their own rights Charles Darwin and John Locke from which the understanding of this contrast stems What is perhaps more striking and significant is not the influence these men had on Jefferson but his expansion and possibly misinterpretation of their ideas Jefferson connection to Locke take on new meaning when one interprets where he differed from Locke just as Jefferson expansion of Darwins ideas can be further explained by what he may have misinterpreted Charles Darwin was in essence a forerunner however unsuspecting for the ideas of Jefferson and others whose interpretations of Darwins work became their justification for scientific racism Charles Darwin renowned for his progress in what we now know to be evolution published his ideas in The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Existences Darwin himself may not have identified races with inferiority and superiority in fact Darwin had serious hindrances in applying the idea of natural selection to the human race at all The correlation between his ideas and the formation of scientific racism was not an intentional one Darwin spoke of biology in a time when it was still being termed natural history that relevance is essential to understanding why misinterpretation was so easy If Darwin was writing a theory which shook much of what was known by this time in the scientific realm in a field that was not even aptly named yet much less understood and only those working concurrently offered support questions outnumbering
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