Jefferson spoke eloquently on the evils of the peculiar institution, especially in his Notes on the State of Virginia, his only book. Washington said less about slavery, and what he said was expressed privately. There is no reason to think that either man thought that Africans, if free and given opportunities to advance, could have become the intellectual equals of whites.
He wrote it inwith updates inin response to questions asked him by Francois Barbe-Marbois, the Secretary of the French Legation to America at the time. This page is part 2 of Notes on the State of Virginia. Aborigines tables omitted When the first effectual settlement of our colony was made, which was inthe country from the sea-coast to the mountains, and from Patowmac to the most southern waters of James river, was occupied by upwards of forty different tribes of Indians.
Hence we may conjecture, that this was not the case between all the tribes, and probably that each spoke the language of the nation to which it was attached; which we know to have been the case in many particular instances.
Very possibly there may have been antiently three different stocks, each of which multiplying in a long course of time, had separated into so many little societies.
This practice results from the circumstance of their having never submitted themselves to any laws, any coercive power, any shadow of government. Their only controuls are their manners, and that moral sense of right and wrong, which, like the sense of tasting and feeling, in every man makes a part of his nature.
An offence against these is punished by contempt, by exclusion from society, or, where the case is serious, as that of murder, by the individuals whom it concerns.
Imperfect as this species of coercion may seem, crimes are very rare among them: It will be said, that great societies cannot exist without government.
The two contrasting visions of government of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton betrayed two different understandings of American power and the American people. For Hamilton, America's strength lay in its commerce. Hamilton's America was an America of businessmen, entrepreneurs, bankers and financiers. The government needed to help these. The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln By Sean Wilentz. W. W. Norton The Nation, October 31, Undoubtedly the most celebrated and influential account of American life by a foreign observer is Democracy in America, written by Alexis de Tocqueville after his visit to the United States in the s. Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson - Kindle edition by Gordon S. Wood. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
The Savages therefore break them into small ones. Smith tells us, that within 60 miles of James town were people, of whom were warriors.
From this we find the proportion of their warriors to their whole inhabitants, was as 3 to The preceding table contains a state of these several tribes, according to their confederacies and geographical situation, with their numbers when we first became acquainted with them, where these numbers are known.
The numbers of some of them are again stated as they were in the yearwhen an attempt was made by the assembly to enumerate them. Probably the enumeration is imperfect, and in some measure conjectural, and that a further search into the records would furnish many more particulars.
What would be the melancholy sequel of their history, may however be augured from the census of ; by which we discover that the tribes therein enumerated were, in the space of 62 years, reduced to about one-third of their former numbers. Spirituous liquors, the small-pox, war, and an abridgment of territory, to a people who lived principally on the spontaneous productions of nature, had committed terrible havock among them, which generation, under the obstacles opposed to it among them, was not likely to make good.
That the lands of this country were taken from them by conquest, is not so general a truth as is supposed. I find in our historians and records, repeated proofs of purchase, which cover a considerable part of the lower country; and many more would doubtless be found on further search.
The upper country we know has been acquired altogether by purchases made in the most unexceptionable form. Very little can now be discovered of the subsequent history of these tribes severally. Their chief, with one from each of the tribes of the Pamunkies and Mattaponies, attended the treaty of Albany in This seems to have been the last chapter in their history.
They retained however their separate name so late asand were at length blended with the Pamunkies and Mattaponies, and exist at present only under their names.
They have lost their language, have reduced themselves, by voluntary sales, to about fifty acres of land, which lie on the river of their own name, and have, from time to time, been joining the Pamunkies, from whom they are distant but 10 miles.
The older ones among them preserve their language in a small degree, which are the last vestiges on earth, as far as we know, of the Powhatan language.
They have about acres of very fertile land, on Pamunkey river, so encompassed by water that a gate shuts in the whole. A few women constitute the remains of that tribe. They are seated on Nottoway river, in Southampton county, on very fertile lands.
At a very early period, certain lands were marked out and appropriated to these tribes, and were kept from encroachment by the authority of the laws. They have usually had trustees appointed, whose duty was to watch over their interests, and guard them from insult and injury.
For though we are 1 told their languages were so different that the intervention of interpreters was necessary between them, yet do we also 2 learn that the Erigas, a nation formerly inhabiting on the Ohio, were of the same original stock with the Five Nations, and that they partook also of the Tuscarora language.
Their dialects might, by long separation, have become so unlike as to be unintelligible to one another. We know that inthe Five Nations received the Tuscaroras into their confederacy, and made them the Sixth Nation.
They received the Meherrins and Tuteloes also into their protection: Back I know of no such thing existing as an Indian monument: Of labour on the large scale, I think there is no remain as respectable as would be a common ditch for the draining of lands: These are of different sizes, some of them constructed of earth, and some of loose stones.
That they were repositories of the dead, has been obvious to all: Some have thought they covered the bones of those who have fallen in battles fought on the spot of interment. Some ascribed them to the custom, said to prevail among the Indians, of collecting, at certain periods, the bones of all their dead, wheresoever deposited at the time of death.“Then and Now” contrasts early Williamsburg photographs with present-day appearances.
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