Extract from Thomas Jefferson to Marquis de Chastellux

I beleive the Indian then to be in body & mind equal to the whiteman. I have supposed the black man, in his present state, might not be so. but it would be hazardous to affirm that, equally cultivated for a few generations, he would not become so.

PrC (DLC). Published in PTJ, 8:184–86.
Author
Thomas Jefferson
Recipient
Marquis de Chastellux
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Date
June 7, 1785
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Quotes by and about Thomas Jefferson
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