Morgan was not about the Indians, he was about money. Morgan died a rich man; having made his wealth in railroads and mining. There was no diffusion of his considerable wealth to the masses, the down trodden, nor the Indians…his gift to the University of Rochester was simply a perpetuation of the ruse. (See below)
“Much to the despair of any who would write a full biography of his life, there are almost no papers in this collection relating to his personal, legal, business, and political affairs, and those few that are, seem to have been included accidentally. Morgan was a very private man, and either he before his death, or his wife shortly after, destroyed most of the papers not having to do with his purely scholarly interests.” (Tooker 1984)
Lewis was born with a silver spoon in his mouth so to speak, a member of the Connecticut Morgan’s, descended from the Welsh Morgan’s, James and Miles. It is easy to see where Lewis gained his obsession with land and property rights. The Connecticut Morgan’s have been characterized as 'land-hungry'. They vigorously availed themselves of government land grants and sales after the Revolutionary War.
“A multi-skilled Yankee, Jedediah Morgan invented a plow and formed a business partnership to manufacture parts for it; he built a blast furnace for the factory. He moved to Aurora, leaving the farm to a son…At his death, Jedediah left 500 acres and considerable livestock in trust, which included education, for his family”… (Lloyd 1862)
Lewis studied classical Latin, Greek, public speaking and mathematics. Jedediah also bequeathed funds, specifically, for Lewis’s college education.
Daniel Noah Moses (2009), former lecturer on Social Studies at Harvard University made the following observations of Morgan, but failed to pursue the discrepancy between Morgan’s philosophical avocations and his real life predilections:
“(Morgan is) the only American to be cited by Darwin, Marx and Freud…. He (Morgan) explored the interplay of technological innovation, family and property relationships, the market and the state. Morgan argued that diffusion of property and opportunity was the greatest blessing, centralization its terrible curse… At the same time, he celebrated commerce. Yet Morgan believed it was restless greed that drove progress. He (Morgan) urged “savages” and “barbarians” to adapt (change). The benefits, he argued, were worth the costs…” (Moses 2009)
The fact that Morgan was a railroad attorney and the dichotomy of Morgan’s non-research activities and beliefs, expressed above, in-and-of themselves, should have triggered an investigation into the real objectives of his research: Inheritance, property rights and the legal requirements for removing the Indians from their land.
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