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

      By indigenous neighbors, Jefferson is referring to the Native Americans but it is not only them that he denies knowledge to, it is also African Americans. Throughout the document, the superiority of white men is mentioned and I had always though about it in relation to the slaves they had kept. However, they were not the only one affected by the cruelty of rich white men. Not only were the white men cruel to the natives, they also actively denied their right to an education as they did with African Americans. In today's society, we see the injustice directed towards descendants of slaves but we hardly see anything about Natives, and it is easy to forget their story when living in the present.

    2. they do report the central college in Albemarle to be a convenient & proper part of the State for the University of Virginia.

      While perhaps not common in the US recently, there are times when one state splits into two or more because of internal conflict or other reasons. This happened in India two years ago. I wonder what would happen if Virginia ever split into the two, and what the effect on the university would be. This location was chosen to be a proper place for the university but in light of recent events, it is highly probable that Charlottesville will be one the places that it is the spotlight. I wonder what consequences there would be for the university if that happened .

  2. Oct 2017
    1. This doctrine is the genuine fruit of the alliance between church and State, the tenants of which, finding themselves but too well in their present position, oppose all advances which might unmask their usurpations, and monopolies of honors, wealth and power, and fear every change, as endangering the comforts they now hold.

      Jefferson firmly believed in the separation of church and state, and it is interesting that he calls this doctrine "the genuine fruit of the alliance between church and State." The word State is capitalized while church isn't, which suggests that the state is more important. He continues to criticize the church, so it is is possible that his description of the doctrine being an alliance is used sarcastically. However, Jefferson did believe in a high being, so it is also possible that he believed the perfect balance of belief in the state and in God was what was in him.

    2. We should be far too from the discouraging persuasion, that man is fixed, by the law of his nature, at a given point: that his improvement is a chimæra

      There is an emphasis placed throughout the document that the University is not just a place for men to study academics, they grow in their personal lives as well. I believe this is a very important aspect of college, as most of what we learn does not come out of a textbook, they are life lessons learnt by interacting with different people in different situations, away from a comfortable environment (our homes).