The Early Republic, 1787-1848
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The paper reveals that although America was a land founded on the principles of liberty and democracy, elite, wealthy, and aristocratic males have often dominated the institutions of its government. The paper goes on to explain that when defining who was in the 'elite' group, there was always a corresponding ideological need to define who were in the non-elite group, and to define the property, race, and gender of those on the margins. The paper clearly shows how the American republic was founded upon the labor of slaves, just as much as it was founded upon the ideals of freedom, and a sense of American exceptionalism, based upon race, was hard-wired into the foundational institutions of the republic from early on.
From the Paper:"Thus, one could say that the American republic was founded upon the labor of slaves, just as much as it was founded upon the ideals of freedom. Enslaved labor created the plantation system of the south, enabled Jefferson to become as wealthy as he was and conceptualize his ideal of the gentleman farmer. Even while Jefferson attempted to justify black oppression by creating a typology of the races, he also advocated a less intrusive government as the ideal way of life. Granted, Jefferson had a more 'optimistic' view of Native Americans--he believed that they could be incorporated into white society, but it was naturally assumed that these more primitive, noble savages would have to give up their culture, and that white culture would reign supreme."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Wilentz, Sean; Jonathan Earle; Thomas G. Paterson. Major Problems in the Early Republic, 1787-1848, 2nd Edition. Wadsworth, 2008.
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