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  1. Dec 2017
    1. It is supposed probable that a building of somewhat more size in the middle of the grounds may be called for in time, in which may be rooms for religious worship under such impartial regulations as the visitors shall prescribe, for public examinations, for a Library, for the schools of music, drawing, and other associated purposes.

      I think it is interesting that since the University had been envisioned its been growing. It is still growing today with the addition of new dorms and buildings. I wonder is the growth will ever stop or if the University will just continue to expand in new, creative ways. It is interesting to see how new expansions change the image of the University over time.

    2. James Madison

      I did not know that James Madison had a hand in the drafting of the documents for this University. It is interesting to see that while 2 "founding fathers" worked on the drafting and worked towards crafting the purpose of the University, that they still had some majorly problematic views in regards to the vision for UVA. I think it is positive to see though that their original vision, although flawed, was able to foster the kind of change and created the type of community that has allowed UVA to work towards and continue to work for a positive community for all regardless of race, gender, or background.

    3. What, but education, has advanced us beyond the condition of our indigenous neighbours? and what chains them to their present state of barbarism & wretchedness, but a besotted veneration for the supposed supe[r]lative wisdom of their fathers and the preposterous idea that they are to look backward for better things and not forward, longing, as it should seem, to return to the days of eating acorns and roots rather than indulge in the degeneracies of civilization

      I think this statement is absurd to assume that Native Americans were somehow less than for respecting their ancestors and living from the earth. I think this definitely highlights the issues of Native Americans being systematically abused in favor of the ideals of those of white, European descent. This shows how thoroughly their traditions and opinions were disregarded and filed under derogatory terms like "barbarism" and "wretchedness", that do not at all describe the Native American people. Our society was founded on top and without regard to theirs and I feel like sometimes we forget the extent of wrongdoing towards the Native American people. It seems the founders never tried to understand or accept Native American culture which seems completely backwards considering the purpose of the University is supposedly to promote education and cultural awareness.