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Thomas Jefferson's Plan for the University of Virginia: Lessons from the Lawn

tells the story of the creation of the University of Virginia. After serving as President, Jefferson continued advocating for a statewide system of education in Virginia, hoping to extend education beyond the elite to the common man. Although the Virginia legislature refused to fund a plan for primary and secondary education, when it approved funding in 1818 to establish a state university, Jefferson immediately drew architectural plans for his ideal university. (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)

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Students on the Lawn, 19th Century. (Valentine Richmond History Center, Richmond, Virginia)

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