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Surname1 Name Instructor Course Institution Date Critical Thinking Essay How expectations for most Americans changed during Jefferson's presidency Jefferson spoke against slavery and proclaimed that all human beings were equal. The Americans, therefore, expected that he would fight against slavery and racism. However, Jefferson owned slaves throughout his life and passed them to his family when he died. Jefferson’s presidency was a paradox of liberty as he fought the equal rights of people while had about 600 slaves (Bates, 1). The Americans had expected that he would save them from the jaws of slavery and racism. The Americans also expected that Jefferson meant his declaration that slavery was a violation of the rights of life and against human nature. During his Declaration of Independence, Jefferson was referred to as the one who would abolish the racism and slavery. They believed he would make them free. However, Jefferson formulated policies that favored the whites and undermined the Native and African Americans (Henry, 1). He engaged in slavery contrary to his words and restricted the Indians from accessing their land. How Jefferson felt about Native and African-Americans
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Surname2 Jefferson in the ‘Notes on Virginia, wrote that African- Americans were inferior. Jefferson felt that the African- Americans lacked some characteristics which he attributed to slavery and nature. Jefferson felt that the blacks were naturally incapable of being full citizens despite the fact that he thought no human beings were condemned to be inferior (Bates, 1), for instance, in the case of Banneker. Banneker did some astronomical calculations but Jefferson claimed that a white man had helped him. Jefferson viewed the Native Americans in political terms in that they could be enemies of war or partners. According to Jefferson, the Native Americans were equal to
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