Paralleled Ideals between Fredrickson and Jefferson Philosophies

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In Thomas Jefferson’s letters to Virginia, he reveals his feelings on the issues of slavery and the assimilation of Negros into the colonial population. Some of these ideas and beliefs paralleled in concepts when compared to the theories coined by Fredrickson: Group Separatism, Ethnic Hierarchy, Cultural Pluralism, and One Way Assimilation. When analyzing Fredrickson’s theories it is easy to identify similarities within the studied beliefs of Jefferson addressed in his letters to Virginia manuscript, but also you are able to identify differences as well.
In his manuscript, Jefferson philosophies point towards an ethnocentric viewpoint when he talks about the needs and elitism of the colonial whites. He says that in order to maintain a purer society of whites the negro slaves must be removed, “This unfortunate difference of color, and perhaps of faculty, is a powerful obstacle to the emancipation of these people […] while they wish to vindicate their liberty of human nature, are anxious also to preserve its dignity and beauty” (Jefferson 105). He hoped that by making policy around the removal and extradition of the slaves, the moral fabric of the colonies would remain pure and unaffected by the interaction or presence of Negro slaves in their population. This ideal most identifies with the Ethnic Hierarchy theory Fredrickson is responsible for.
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