How esoteric Lockean principles of property ownership came to pervade popular American culture remains a fascinating topic among legal scholars that defies definitive answers. Locke and other Enlightenment era philosophers strongly influenced the American legal and political system, but the actual frontier conditions throughout much of American history probably had an equally profound effect in shaping attitudes of unfettered land ownership. With the rise of race-based transAtlantic African slave trade, skin colour and cultural differences gave the English and Anglo-Americans an additional self-justification for taking land from people unlike themselves.
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