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  1. Dec 2017
    1. What, but education, has advanced us beyond the condition of our indigenous neighbours?

      Here, again, Jefferson displays how he believes that whites are elite. Most of the document people have discussed Jefferson's relationship with slaves and how African-Americans are below being able to attend this University, but here, he mentions another minority group: Native Americans. Earlier in the document, they list the values of education, but here they mention explicitly how education is powerful, especially in the sense of taking over another group of people, whether that be African or Native Americans. Time after time throughout the document, Jefferson and his team mention the value of education for our citizens but they have a long list of people who do not fall in that category, another one of them being Native Americans.

    2. To give to every citizen the information he needs for the transaction of his own business.

      This passage is interesting because Jefferson compares his view of education to a "business transaction". At face value, this metaphor makes sense--one receives their education and then uses that in whatever manor they choose, in whatever field of study they choose, and apply it in any way they choose. But in another sense, equating education to a transaction seems to go against what Jefferson stood for in education. At UVA, we use the terms "first year", etc to represent how education is eternal. But, in the sense of a transaction it seems very formal and that people should be educated as the first step in wherever their lives take them. Yet, I think that even if one doesn't have "his own business" or know what is next, that education is valuable for all people, as Jefferson said, and that the primary goal of education could stop at, "To give every citizen the information he needs".

  2. Oct 2017
    1. To understand his duties to his neighbours, & country

      This line shows Thomas Jefferson's focus on the state of Virginia, as he literally puts "& country" as an afterthought, with a focus on "neighbours". In Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia (http://web.archive.org/web/20080914030942/http://etext.lib.virginia.edu:80/toc/modeng/public/JefVirg.html) he answers multiple questions about the state in detail about the way that it is run. Virginia was very important to him, often referring to it as his "country", and I think that shows as he makes this a priority of the University and students that attend it. Who does Jefferson consider as his "neighbours"? Do only certain people qualify as these neighbours and what exactly are ones duties to them? Are ones duties different to people who are not considered to be their neighbours? I think there is a lot of ambiguity in this sentence and I think the answers to the questions I pose are extremely different now then they were back then, which answers who the University was created for: rich, white men, and not people of color, people of low-income, or women.

  3. Sep 2017
    1. and it’s centrality to the white population of the whole state:

      In this quote, the view of minorities in the state of Virginia is evident. Blacks were not accepted to the University until the 1950s and women were not accepted until 1970. Thomas Jefferson wrote of equality in the Declaration of Independence and condemned the Transatlantic Slave Trade, but only to benefit Virginia's economy. The Illusion of Progress (http://www.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=a31f53ca6a54439087085d6c313758a5) goes in depth about Thomas Jefferson's history with slavery and his motivations for equality, which are very clearly not for humanitarian purposes, but for the betterment of Virginia economically. As Thomas Jefferson played a large role in the founding of UVA, it is obvious to me that he would make it strictly a white university.