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  1. Dec 2017
    1. of his own business

      This is one of my favorite parts of the report. This statement still stands true today. People come to UVA, because they know it is going to equip them with everything they need to succeed in whatever field they desire. I would argue that the ability to do this is a vital characteristic of a prime university. If a learning institution cannot fully prepare you to be successful in your future career it's not fulfilling a large component of its purpose. Although I do value the immense emphasis placed on being well rounded and knowledgable, ultimately a majority of college students today are furthering their education solely to be successful in the job field. I'm interested in when the idea of getting a degree just to make more money emerged or if it was always present but hidden behind the focus on improving one's morals and abilities.

    2. the whole of his Slaves

      The inclusion of enslaved persons in the section reserved for identifying property to be inherited is unsurprising, but interesting nonetheless. It provides insight not only into the social position of the enslaved, but also the role they played in the creation of UVA. As seen earlier in the document, they were not an afterthought. The location of minority populations was the main determinant of where to place the university. It's hard to read a document that advocates for the betterment and advancement of society while simultaneously dehumanizing an entire group of people. Although it is well written and innovative, I find this aspect of the report hard to ignore.

  2. Oct 2017
    1. the degree of centrality to the white population of the state which alone then constituted the important point of comparison

      I don't find this statement to be particularly jarring at all. The trailblazer generation/the first black students to attend the University of Virginia faced extreme isolation. Gregory Swanson, the first African-American admitted to UVA, experienced extreme alienation. He wasn't allowed to live on Grounds, join fraternities, attend dances, or participate in other social events. As a result, he eventually withdrew due to the hostile climate (http://www.virginia.edu/woodson/projects/kenan/swanson/swanson.html). It doesn't surprise me that one of the main deciding factors when choosing UVA's location was the centrality of the white population. However, I do find it interesting and almost a little ironic that a large majority of the community immediately surrounding UVA is largely composed of minorities. Overall, this statement is not a revelation, but rather a disappointing reminder of what the school was founded on.

    2. Madison

      While conducting research for my public art proposal assignment for Aesthetic Engagement: Art: Inside/Out, I discovered that not only were Madison and Jefferson close colleagues, but they were also two United States Presidents that relied heavily on slave labor while in the White House [(https://www.whitehousehistory.org/press-room/press-fact-sheets/slavery-and-the-white-house). Thomas Jefferson was actually the first President to bring slaves into the White House and James Madison followed suit (https://www.democracynow.org/2009/1/20/jesse_holland_black_men_built_the).