Thomas Jeffersons Respect for Native

Jefferson expressed his sympathy for the tragic history of Native American peoples after the arrival of the Europeans, showing his empathy towards a minority.

And so to remember the legacy, both the tragic and glorious aspects which come with it, the burial mound should be looked at with more significance than a practical resting place. It represents all which the Native American people have gone through. They are a constant reminder of how great these cultures once were, and how they were so negatively affected by the arrival of European settlers.

Rather than looking at these “barrows” as a sign of the Native Americans inferiority, Jefferson believed that they should be looked upon with respect as we expect our monuments to be viewed. They are the most common memorial to a culture and way of life that was nearly extinguished..

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