Thomas Jefferson ďNotes on the State of VirginiaĒ
Jefferson defends the Native Americans place in the overall scheme
of things. He had slaves, but was too far in debt to free them at
his death. He was addicted to spending more money than he took in.
He was not able to free the slaves and do what he knew he should.
He tried to carry his ideals that we are created equal including Indians.
He states that the racist stereotypes that circle Europe and America
are false. He says the Indian would have the same strength as a white
man on the same diet. The Indians show bravery and are willing to
fight to death. Jefferson admits that Indian wives live a life of
He agrees with Franklinís statement that the Indians are more hospitable
than the white man. One hospitable Indian, Logan, clothed the naked
and fed the hungry. This parallels the parable of Matthew and
the story of the sheep and the goats. During war, Logan kept peace
because of his love for the white man. Then his entire family was
killed for no reason. Logan took revenge and killed many. Logan
was never fearful because there was no one to mourn for him. Logan
demonstrates the Indianís honorable actions as opposed to the white manís
dishonorable actions. Jefferson creates an awareness that American
Indians are unrightfully criticized as an excuse for taking something of