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Seeds of Extinction

Jeffersonian Philanthropy and the American Indian

Bernard Sheehan

Copyright 1973
University of North Carolina Press

This study is the first to explain how the white American's conception of himself and his position on the continent formed his perception of the Indian and directed his selection of policy toward the native tribes. Sheehan presents the paradoxical and pathetic story of how the Jeffersonian generation, with the best of goodwill toward the American Indian, destroyed him with its benevolence, literally killed him with kindness.

Originally published 1973.

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