Educated in Tyranny: Slavery at Thomas Jefferson's University (Hardcover)

Educated in Tyranny: Slavery at Thomas Jefferson's University By Maurie D. McInnis (Editor), Kirt Von Daacke (Editor), Louis P. Nelson (Editor) Cover Image
By Maurie D. McInnis (Editor), Kirt Von Daacke (Editor), Louis P. Nelson (Editor)
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From the University of Virginia's very inception, slavery was deeply woven into its fabric. Enslaved people first helped to construct and then later lived in the Academical Village; they raised and prepared food, washed clothes, cleaned privies, and chopped wood. They maintained the buildings, cleaned classrooms, and served as personal servants to faculty and students. At any given time, there were typically more than one hundred enslaved people residing alongside the students, faculty, and their families. The central paradox at the heart of UVA is also that of the nation: What does it mean to have a public university established to preserve democratic rights that is likewise founded and maintained on the stolen labor of others?

In Educated in Tyranny, Maurie McInnis, Louis Nelson, and a group of contributing authors tell the largely unknown story of slavery at the University of Virginia. While UVA has long been celebrated as fulfilling Jefferson's desire to educate citizens to lead and govern, McInnis and Nelson document the burgeoning political rift over slavery as Jefferson tried to protect southern men from anti-slavery ideas in northern institutions. In uncovering this history, Educated in Tyranny changes how we see the university during its first fifty years and understand its history hereafter.

About the Author

Maurie D. McInnis is Executive Vice President and Provost at The University of Texas at Austin and the author of Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade. Louis P. Nelson, Vice Provost for Academic Outreach and Professor of Architectural History at the University of Virginia, is coeditor of Charlottesville 2017: The Legacy of Race and Inequity (Virginia).

Product Details
ISBN: 9780813942865
ISBN-10: 0813942861
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Publication Date: August 13th, 2019
Pages: 280
Language: English
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