Merciless savages or eminent orators: What did Jefferson really think about the Indians?

Duration: 1-2 class periods

In this lesson students will explore a wide range of primary sources written by Thomas Jefferson regarding American Indians,* in an attempt to determine his true feelings and opinions about them and their place in society.This will be the first in a series of lessons where students will come to know Jefferson's ideas and policies…

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Grade Level

Middle School

Type of Lesson

Document Analysis

Interdisciplinary Connections

Language Arts/Reading in the Content Area: close reading, document analysis, synthesis of multiple texts

Author Info

Kimberly de Berzunza
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Longfellow Spanish Immersion Magnet School
5055 July St
San Diego, CA 92110