Seeds of Extinction

Jeffersonian Philanthropy and the American Indian
Bernard W. Sheehan
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Publisher: Omohundro Institute and University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: OIEAHC
Cloth/Hardcover Publication Date: 01/1973
Reprint Date: 01/2011
Pages: 313
Paperback ISBN: 9780807897782
Paperback Publication Date: 01/2011
Ebook ISBN: 9780807839911


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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