Bmj Usa: Editor's Choice

The first Americans

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjusa.03050001 (Published 19 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:E219
  1. Steven H Woolf, MD, MPH

    From BMJ USA 2003;May:234

    In an 1808 letter to Congress, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “With our Indian neighbors the public peace has been steadily maintained. Some instances of individual wrong have, as at other times, taken place, but in nowise implicating the will of the nation… And, generally, from a conviction that we consider them as part of ourselves, and cherish with sincerity their rights and interests, the attachment of the Indian tribes is gaining strength daily - is extending from the nearer to the more remote, and will amply requite us for the justice and friendship practised towards them” (http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/mtjhtml/mtjhome.html).

    Now, 200 years later, …

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