The Founding Of Thomas Jefferson'S University (eBook)
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Established in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia wasknown as "The University" throughout the South for most of the nineteenth century, andtoday it stands as one of the premier universities in the world. This volume provides anin-depth look at the founding of the University and, in the process, develops new and importantinsights into Jeffersons contributions as well as into the impact of the University onthe history of higher education.
The contributors depict the students who wereentering higher education in the early republic--their aspirations, their juvenile and oftenviolent confrontations with authority, and their relationships with enslaved workers at theUniversity. Contributors then turn to the building of the University, including its uniquearchitectural plan as an "Academical Village" and the often-hidden role of AfricanAmericans in its construction and day-to-day life. The next set of essays explore variousaspects of Jeffersons intellectual vision for the University, including his innovativescheme for medical education, his dogmatic view of the necessity of a "republican"legal education, and the detailed plans for the library by Jefferson, one of Americaspreeminent bibliophiles. The book concludes by considering the changing nature of education inthe early nineteenth century, in particular the new focus on research and discovery, in whichJefferson, again, played an important role. Providing a fascinating and important look at thedevelopment of one of Americas oldest and most preeminent educational institutions, thisbook provides yet another perspective from which to appreciate the extraordinary contributionsof Jefferson in the development of the new nation.