Revolution

Quotes on Ethnicity and Race


Jefferson on Native Americans

The aboriginal inhabitants of these countries I have regarded with the commiseration their history inspires. Endowed with the faculties and rights of men, breathing an ardent love of liberty and independence, and occupying a country which left them no desire but to be undisturbed, the stream of overflowing population from other regions directed itself on these shores; without power to divert or habits to contend against it, they have been overwhelmed by the current or driven before it.

-- Thomas Jefferson, Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1805.


Jefferson on Ending the Slave Trade

I congratulate you, fellow-citizens, on the approach of the period at which you may intersperse your authority constitutionally to withdraw the citizens of the United States from all further participation in those violations of human rights which have been so long continued on the unoffending inhabitants of Africa, and which the morality, the reputation, and the best interests of our country have long been eager to proscribe. Although no law you may pass can take prohibitory effect till the first day of the year 1808, yet the intervening period is not too long to prevent by timely notice expeditions which can not be completed before that day.

-- Thomas Jefferson, Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1805.