July 14, 2013

Genocidal quotes from Founding Fathers

Nice Day for a Genocide: Shocking Quotes on Indians By U.S. Leaders, Pt 1If it be the design of Providence to extirpate these Savages in order to make room for cultivators of the Earth, it seems not improbable that rum may be the appointed means.Benjamin Franklin, from his autobiography, 1750sThe immediate objectives are the total destruction and devastation of their settlements and the capture of as many prisoners of every age and sex as possible. It will be essential to ruin their crops in the ground and prevent their planting more.Orders of George Washington to General John Sullivan, May 31, 1779Is one of the fairest portions of the globe to remain in a state of nature, the haunt of a few wretched savages, when it seems destined by the Creator to give support to a large population and to be the seat of civilization?Governor William Henry Harrison, of the Indiana Territory (1800-1812) while defending displacement of the IndiansWhat is the right of the huntsman to the forest of a thousand miles over which he has accidentally ranged in quest of prey? Shall the fields and vallies, which a beneficent God has formed to teem with the life of innumerable multitudes, be condemned to everlasting barrenness?John Quincy Adams, 1802, when rationalizing territorial imperatives as God’s willThis unfortunate race, whom we had been taking so much pains to save and to civilize, have by their unexpected desertion and ferocious barbarities justified extermination and now await our decision on their fate.President Thomas Jefferson, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, December 29, 1813The hunter or savage state requires a greater extent of territory to sustain it, than is compatible with the progress and just claims of civilized life, and must yield to it. Nothing is more certain, than, if the Indian tribes do not abandon that state, and become civilized, that they will decline, and become extinct. The hunter state, tho maintain’d by warlike spirits, presents but a feeble resistance to the more dense, compact, and powerful population of civilized man.James Monroe, in a letter to Andrew Jackson, October 5, 1817Comment:  For more on the Founding Fathers, see Native Activities in 1776 and Anti-Government Extremism = White Supremacy.


dmarks said...

First time I've seen this Harrison on a "Founding Fathers" list.

Rob said...

The list is "Founding Fathers plus others," not "only Founding Fathers."

Rob said...

For more quotes from genocidal US leaders, see:


Nice Day for a Genocide: Shocking Quotes on Indians by U.S. Leaders, Pt. 2