6(18th century Enlightenment) Age of Reason(18th century Enlightenment)Natural laws apply to government as well as science!Rights to Life, Liberty, and PropertyA FAIR society is based on REASON, not “Divine Right”Enlightenment thinkers thought that like laws in natural science, there were laws governing human society. Laws of nature (natural laws) give peoplerights of life, liberty and property. Men can build a fair society based on reason (rationality). They challenged the theory of "Divine Right of Kings." Locke, Montesquieu, Voltaire, Rousseau – Famous Thinkers – their ideas inspire revolutionsREVOLUTION!!!
7The Age of ReasonScientific Revolution convinced many European thinkers about power of reasonScientific method and reason led to discoveries about physical worldWondered if reason could be used to study human nature, societyNew generation of philosophers, 1600sViewed reason as best way to understand truthConcluded reason could be used to solve all human problemsThis time of optimism now called the Enlightenment
8What is the Enlightenment? THE ENLIGHTENMENT OCCURRED B/WThinkers believed reason could be used to uncover the laws that govern human lifeOnce the laws were known people could make society betterBelieved that reason was a much better guide than faith or traditionReason is the “light” that reveals human error and showed the way to truth
9Defining the Enlightenment: Everything was Questioned! What society worked best?Why were laws unjust?How did the universe operate?Was there a God?Was the Earth really 4,000 years old?Were there natural laws that governed people?Who had the power to rule?How did the human mind work?
10Defining The Age of Enlightenment A period of intellectual exchange in Europe during the 18th centuryBelief in the idea of “progress”A desire for political and social change
11Defining the Enlightenment These thinkers believed that human reason could be used to combat ignorance, superstition, and tyranny and to build a better world.
12Pair-ShareFor the Symbol Column, what would be THREE different ideas for symbols for the Enlightenment?Discuss and choose the one you like best.Draw it in.
14Beliefs Belief in Progress Secular Outlook Through reason a better society was possiblethrough progress we would continue to expand our knowledge in the sciencesSecular OutlookMore worldly view of lifechurch is continuing to lose powerquestioning of all church beliefsImportance Of the Individualown ability to reasonimportance of the in societyIndividual achievement
15BeliefsBelief in the supremacy of reason over pleasure; conviction that humans could perfect society through the application of the intellect to human affairsScience takes its place for the first time
16BeliefsThe intellectuals of the Enlightenment (called Philosophes) believed:The universe could be understood through reasonEverything in nature could be explained by natural laws—universal truths found through observation (Religion is not necessary to understand the world)
17BeliefsThe belief in progress—the world can be improved upon & perfectedPeople have natural rights—personal freedoms that allow people to enjoy liberty (no restrictions on speech, religion, or the economy)
18Central Concepts of the Enlightenment A. The methods of natural science should be used to understand all aspects of life - through the use of REASONB. Discover the natural laws of human society as well as the natural world (“social science”)C. The idea of progress - The confidence in human power, human reason to improve society
19Central concepts of the Enlightenment [cont] ReasonD. Rejection of superstition and traditionE. Tolerance and equalityF. Deism - God does not intervene in the world through miracles; he created the world, and then removed himself from it
20Pair Share Activity*a period of intellectual growth that led to the development of new ideas on society, government, philosophy, economics, and religion. *marks the beginning of the modern world. *Can be captured in the words of Immanuel Kant: “Dare to know! Have the courage to use your own understanding is therefore the motto of the Enlightenment.”Turn to your partner and discuss:What do you think this motto means?Does this motto relate to our world today?Why or why not?
21Why do you think the man is naked, out in nature, and also working on geometry with the protractor?
22Knowledge is Power!This year thus far we have learned about how the Catholic Church and Absolute Monarchs saw new ideas and education as threats to be suppressed. WHY?How does this tie in the Enlightenment?
23Defining The Enlightenment Principal targets: Religion and the domination of society by hereditary aristocracy.In other words, the church and the state, who often worked hand-in-hand.
24Major Enlightenment Ideas Every social, political and economic problem could be solved through the use of reasonGovernments are created to secure an orderly societySeparation of powers is the best way to protect human libertiesAll men are created “free and equal”A free market should be allowed to regulate trade
25Enlightenment Thinkers The market price of every particular commodity is regulated by the proportion between the quantity which is actually brought to market, and the demand of those who are willing to pay the natural price of the commodity or the whole value of the rent, labor and profit which must be paid in order to bring it thither.Enlightenment ThinkersIn republican governments, men are all equal; equal they are also in despotic governments: in the former, because they are everything; in the latter, because they are nothing.~Baron de Montesquieu The Spirit of Laws Bk. VI, Ch.2The reason why men enter into society is the preservation of their property, and putting themselves under government, is the preservation of their property.~Adam Smith The Wealth of Nations Vol.I, bk.1, ch.7~John Locke Second Treatise of Government ChXIX, “Of the Dissolution in Government”
28Causes and Effects of the Enlightenment—America & Europe Religious FanaticismWitch trialsBeginning of a merchant class—aka bourgeoisieLanded AristocracyMonarchiesChurch & State unitedChurch = TruthEffectsDeism—”natural law”Rise of merchant class—aka bourgeoisieScience/Logic/Reason = TruthRise of philosophersRevolution x 3The “perfect” societySeparation of Church & StateDemocracy
29Causes: Influence of the Ancients and Medieval Philosophers
30Origins of the Enlightenment: Background in Antiquity The application of Aristotelian logic by Thomas Aquinas, Scholasticism, in the 13th century set the stage for the Enlightenment.
31Origins of the Enlightenment: Ancients Used Logic to Defend Dogma Aristotle’s logical procedures were used to defend the dogmas of Christianity.Unfortunately for the Catholic Church, the tools of logic could not be confined to Church matters.
33Origins of the Enlightenment: Renaissance From sciences, ideas of nature surfaced-study not only gravity or the circulatory system, but also human behaviorNew sciences of psychology and politics were developed-Social Sciences; political science, geography, sociology, history, civics, economics, etc…Advocates of Enlightenment claim governing laws dictate human nature, society and politics
34The Enlightenment—Early Forms Renaissance Humanists (14th & 15th cent.)Argued that proper worship of God involved admiration of his creation, notably His crown of creations: humanity.Celebrating humans worships God better than gloomy priests who preached original sin and repentanceGalileo Galilei (1632)Used logic and observation to argue that earth rotates around sunThe Church (possessor of Truth) forced him to recant, objecting that Bible clearly stated that the sun moved through the sky.Led to the advancement of science—Isaac Newton
35Origins of the Enlightenment: The Renaissance Humanists In the 14th and 15th centuries, "humanists“ celebrated the human race and its capacities.They argued they were worshipping God more appropriately than the priests and monks who harped on original sin and asked people to humble themselves.
36Origins of the Enlightenment: Renaissance Focused on Man’s Creativity Some of them claimed that humans were like God, created not only in his image, but with a share of his creative power. The painter, the architect, the musician, and the scholar, by exercising their intellectual powers, were fulfilling divine purposes.
37Renaissance Thinker Michel de Montaigne (16th Century) Asked “What do I know?”We have no right to impose other dogmas which rest on cultural habit rather than absolute TruthNew World = new culturesMorals may be relativeIf we cannot be certain that our values are God-given, then we have no right to impose them by force on othersPopes and kings had no right to enforce adherence to particular religious or philosophical beliefsDoubt is essential to science—test, challenge, ask—to get closer to truth. Authority is science’s enemy
38Origins of the Enlightenment: Renaissance Challenged Church Authority In the 16th century, various humanists had begun to ask dangerous questions.François Rabelais, a French monk and physician influenced by Protestantism, challenged the Church's authority, ridiculing many religious doctrines as absurd.
41Origins of the Enlightenment: The Scientific Revolution “If I have seen farther than others,” said Newton, “it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.” Who were the giants to whom Newton was referring? Could this be said of any scientific accomplishment? Explain.1Giants were Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo. Yes, scientific discoveries give scientists a clearer understanding of how the world works. New discoveries lead to further questions for investigation and more discoveries.
43During the Scientific Revolution, people began to believe that the scientific method allowed them to find answers to their questionsAs a result, new ideas began in areas outside of science:Especially criticizing absolute monarchy & think of new ideas about government
44Scientific Revolution Leads to Enlightenment : European scientists using reason to discover laws of natureVery successful: Planetary movements, chemistry, vaccine for smallpox, etc.Early 1700’s: If people used reason to find laws that governed the physical world, why not use reason to discover natural laws?Laws that govern human natureReformers begin studying human nature and societal problems
47Political & Economic Background Wealth from Asia & Americas catapulted a new class of merchants into prominence, partially displacing the aristocracy whose power had been rooted in land ownershipThese bourgeoisie had their own ideas about the world—main agents of change in the arts, government, and the economyNaturally convinced that their earnings were result of their individual merit and hard workAbsolutist kings and dogmatic churches were the biggest obstacle to change for the merchant class
48Origins of the Enlightenment: Economic Change During the late Middle Ages, peasants had begun to move from rural estates to the towns in search of increased freedom and prosperity.
49Origins of the Enlightenment: Economic and PoliticalChange As trade and communication improved during the Renaissance, the ordinary town-dweller began to realize that things need not always go on as they had for centuries. People could write new charters, form new governments, pass new laws, begin new businesses.
51Origins of the Enlightenment: Economic and Social Changes Wealth from Asia & Americas catapulted a new class of merchants into prominence, partially displacing the aristocracy whose power had been rooted in land ownershipThese bourgeoisie had their own ideas about the world—main agents of change in the arts, government, and the economyNaturally convinced that their earnings were result of their individual merit and hard workAbsolutist kings and dogmatic churches were the biggest obstacle to change for the merchant class
52Origins of The Enlightenment: Social Class Changes Most important, the middle classes—the bourgeoisie—were painfully aware that they were paying taxes to support a fabulously expensive aristocracy that contributed nothing of value to society.
53Origins of the Enlightenment: Social Class Changes They were naturally convinced that their earnings were the result of their individual merit and hard work, unlike the inherited wealth of aristocrats.The ability of individual effort to transform the world became a European dogma, lasting to this day.
54Origins of the Enlightenment: Social Changes—Impoverished Masses They were to find ready allies in France among the impoverished masses who realized that they were paying higher and higher taxes to support the lifestyle of the idle rich at Versailles.
55Origins of the Enlightenment: Social---Role of the Aristocrats Interestingly, it was among those very idle aristocrats that the French Enlightenment philosophers were to find some of their earliest and most enthusiastic followers.
56Pair Share ActivityFor the all the causes covered up to this point, review your Powerpoint and Reading Notes and make any corrections.Then come up with symbols for each of the causes and draw them.
57Cause: Political and Religious Repression and Persecution
59Origins of the Enlightenment: Political and Religious Repression The 17th century was torn by witch-hunts, wars of religion, and imperial conquest.
60Religion Persecution The 17th century scene: Dogma & Fanaticism Witch-hunts and wars of religionProtestants & Catholics denounced each other as followers of SatanPeople imprisoned for attending wrong churchAll publications censored by church and stateSlavery widely practiced, defended by religious leadersDespotism of monarchs=“divine right of kings”Any opposition was imprisoned or executedReason and Logic had no room for these matters
61Origins of the Enlightenment: Religious Intolerance Protestants and Catholics denounced each other as followers of Satan and people could be imprisoned for attending the wrong church or for not attending any.
62Origins of the Enlightenment: Censorship All publications, whether pamphlets or scholarly volumes, were subject to prior censorship by both church and state.
63Origins of the Enlightenment: Despotism The despotism of monarchs exercising far greater powers than any medieval king was supported by the doctrine of the "divine right of kings," and scripture quoted to show that revolution was detested by God.
64Pair Share ActivityFor under examples, select one of the two following primary source quotes to write down and analyze with your partner.What is the philosophe saying in modern day English?
65“The individual who persecutes another because he is not of the same opinion is nothing less than a monster.”Voltaire
66“If men’s minds were as easily controlled as their tongues, every king would sit safely on his throne, and government by compulsion would cease.”Baruch Spinoza1670
68Origins of the Enlightenment: Exploration and Slavery Slavery was widely practiced, especially in the colonial plantations of the Western Hemisphere, and its cruelties frequently defended by leading religious figures..
69Origins of The Enlightenment: Exploration The Impact of Travel LiteratureCaptain James Cook, TravelsLiterature on ChinaNew discovery of the Pacific Island of Tahiti , New Zealand and Australia by James CookHis accounts became a best seller.Tahitians as natural man who were far happier than Europeans.The idea of the “noble savage “ emerges.Highly developed civilizations like China Confucian morality as superior to the intolerable attitudes of Christians.
70Diderot’s Views on Mankind Attacked slavery and colonialism- “We are a free people; and now you have planted in our country the title deeds of our future slavery. You are neither god nor demon; who are you, then, to make slaves? Orou! You understand the language of these men, tell us all, as you have told me, what they have written on this sheet of metal: 'This country is ours.' This country yours? And why? Because you have walked thereon? If a Tahitian landed one day on your shores, and scratched on one of your rocks or on the bark of your trees: 'This country belongs to the people of Tahiti' - what would you think?" (from Supplement to Bougainville's Voyage)
73“Man is born free, yet everywhere he is in chains.” RousseauWhat are examples of things that are enslaving us…what aspects of society according to Rousseau?Give historical and current examples!
74Five Key Ideas of the Enlightenment The five important philosophical concepts areReasonNatureHappinessProgressLibertyB. The Philosophes and their IdeasDesire to change the worldCall for freedom of expressionReason: as a sort of divine force. Was the absence of intolerance, bigotry or prejudice.Nature What was natural was also good and reasonable. Natural laws of economics and politics just as there are natural laws of motion.Happiness a person who lived by nature's laws would find happiness.Not natural to accept misery in this world to accept joy in another. They wanted a well being on earth and believed it was possible.Progress believed in progress for society With the scientific approach, society and humankind could be perfected.Liberty They envied the Bill of Rights the English people had won during the Glorious Revolution. IN France many restrictions on speech, religion, trade and personal travel. Through reson society could be set free.
75Five Key Ideas of the Enlightenment Urged the use of:Reason: absence of intolerance, bigotry or prejudice in one’s thinking; beliefs should be rational and free of biasesNature: natural laws exist w/out man’s creation; what was natural was good and reasonable; God is found in natureHappiness: a person who lives by nature’s law finds happiness; argued against medieval notion that people should accept misery as part of life’s circle; Philosophes believed in well-being on earthProgress: Philosophes believed individuals could seek perfection and in return, society seek perfection; looked at human being as capable of progress, making something betterLiberty: freedoms should not be merely granted, but expected; beliefs that we are born with liberties in nature
77Reason *Belief in logic and science. *Supported the application of the scientific method to all aspects of society.*Government should be based on reason.*It was a period of questioning---led to the development of Political Science.*Importance of education and knowledge:a)an understanding of human nature and how to apply that knowledgeb)knowledge would conquer fear, superstition, and prejudicec)knowledge was key to improving society
78Reason Truth can be discovered through reason (logical thinking). Reason= unbiased thinking – open to new ideasReason= was the absence of intolerance, bigotry, or prejudice in ones thinking
79Reason Enlightenment philosophers combined logic and reason Logic: formal logic is the process(es) by which an argument can be determined as valid or not. An argument is valid if the premises are all true, then the conclusion must also be true.Example: All humans have heart. Tom is a human. Therefore, Tom has a heart.Reason: Enlightenment thinkers stated that it consisted of common sense, observation, and their own unacknowledged prejudices in favor of skepticism and freedom.
80Reason Cont.*The greatest crimes are perpetuated in the name of religion and God. *A fair, just, and productive society absolutely depends on religious tolerance. *This means religious tolerance for all forms of Christianity and non-Christian faiths.
81ReasonIssues of the 17th century scene that the idea of Reason attacked: Dogma & FanaticismWitch-hunts and Wars of ReligionProtestants & Catholics denounced each other as followers of SatanPeople imprisoned for attending wrong churchAll publications censored by church and stateSlavery widely practiced, defended by religious leadersDespotism of monarchs=“divine right of kings”Any opposition was imprisoned or executedReason and Logic had no room for these matters
88Nature*The belief that there were natural laws that govern the earth as well as man.*Focused on the scientific discoveries and use of reason to examine the world.*Deism---a religious philosophy that developed around the following concepts:a)an impersonal deity (God)b)God is found in nature. You do not have to attend a formal church.c)There is a common morality amongst humans that is seen in the similarities between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.d)It is a religion based upon REASON and not Faith.
89Nature Cont. e)Goal was to humanize religion. f)Rejected original sin. g)Attacked Christianity for the persecution of otherreligions and abuses of power.h)Believed society should exist without religious supervision.i)It was their job to discover how the world God created worked.j)Rejected traditions and superstitions.
90Nature What is natural is good and reasonable Natural laws affect economics and politics just as natural laws guide science (ex: motion).
91Jean-Jacques Rousseau The Social Contract, 1762How could this fraudulent contract of government be made legitimate?“Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains. One thinks himself master of others, and still remains a greater slave than they. How did this change come about? I do not know. What can make it legitimate? That question I think I can answer.”Jean-Jacques Rousseau“The General Will”
92Deism/NatureThe word "Deism" is derived from the Latin word for God: "Deus." Deism involves the belief in the existence of God, on purely rational grounds, without any reliance on revealed religion or religious authority.Deists:Do not accept the belief of most religions that God revealed himself to humanity through the writings of the Bible, the Qur'an or other religious texts.Disagree with strong Atheists who assert that there is no evidence of the existence of God.
93Deism/NatureDeists regard their faith as a natural religion, as contrasted with one that is revealed by a God or which is artificially created by humans.They reason that since everything that exists has had a creator, then the universe itself must have been created by God.Thomas Paine concluded a speech shortly after the French Revolution with: "God is the power of first cause, nature is the law, and matter is the subject acted upon.”
94Growth of Deism/Nature Intellectuals believe in God but see him as a "watchmaker"Deists skeptical of organized religionCatholic Church was attackedDeists struggle with personal standardsDenial of providence (Voltaire) disputed by others (Pope, Rousseau)Denial of evil
95The Wit and Wisdom of Voltaire “I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: ‘Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.’ And God granted it.”“Almost everything that goes beyond the adoration of a Supreme Being and submission of the heart to his orders is superstition. One of the most dangerous is to believe that certain ceremonies entail the forgiveness of crimes. Do you believe that God will forget a murder you have committed if you bathe in a certain river, sacrifice a black sheep…? … Do better miserable humans, have neither murders nor sacrifices of black sheep.”God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.I may not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
101Liberty*Guaranteed freedoms/rights that everyone should have like press, speech, religion.*Exploring the issues of equality amongst races and gender.*Exploring what is the best form of government and why.*Create a government that will help overcome human cruelty and violence by using its power to further social improvements.
102LibertyEnvied liberties of English (Glorious Revolution; Bill of Rights)Society could be set free through reason.
108"The good of the people must be the great purpose of government "The good of the people must be the great purpose of government. By the laws of nature and of reason, the governors are invested with power to that end. And the greatest good of the people is liberty. It is to the state what health is to the individual."- Diderot in L'Encyclopedie: Article on Government, quoted in Barzun, Jacques, From Dawn to Decadence, Perennial, 2000, p370.
112ProgressA SCIENTIFIC approach can lead to perfect humanity and science.
113ProgressProgress*The belief that man can improve and perfect society through education and scientific advances.*Attack existing institutions and concepts of:a)absolutismb)Christianityc)views on how the world works*Belief in the importance of social reform*By mastering both natural and human sciences, man can harness the natural world for its own benefit and learn to live peacefully with one another.
115Pair Share ActivityReview all the five key ideas of the Enlightenment. Make any revisions to your notes.Compare your symbols with your partner and explain your choices.Of the five key ideas, which do you each think was the most important idea and explain why.
117The PhilosophesBourgeoisie: well-educated middle class that emerged during eraPhilosophes: writers within this classAdvocated reason, science, education to build a stable and free societyConcerned with solutions to social problems
118The Philosophes and Their Ideas France was the capital of the Enlightenment.Leaders of the Enlightenment were called “Philosophes”.Writers, professors, journalists, statesmen economists and social reformers.Came from both the nobility and middle class.Reason was to be used as a tool.Apply facts to experience to find the best way for society to operate.Secular movement; focus was not on an afterlife, but on this world and how it could be improved and enjoyed.Everything should be questioned to determine whether it made logical sense and served society.
119The Philosophes Intellectuals who discussed ideas Used reason to explain their worldBelieved that reason could improve societyNot satisfied with old ideasBelieved in tolerance for all religions
120The “Philosophes”The philosophes were French social critics in the mid-1700s.Paris becomes the center of the Enlightenment during 1700s.Paris is home to salons – gatherings wherethinkers (philosophes) meet to discuss ideas.They valued reason, nature, happiness, progress, & liberty.Some philosophes worked to bring attention to problems in society.For example, Italian philosopher Cesare Beccaria worked to reform justice system by calling for speedy trials and greater rights for criminal defendants.
121The “Enlightened” Individual The PhilosopheNot really original thinkers as a whole, but were great publicists of the new thinking CHANGE & PROGRESS!They were students of society who analyzed its evils and advanced reforms.
122What did the Philosophers Despise? Absolute MonarchsLand-Owning NoblesThe Catholic Church’s Abusesf power
125The Philosophes and Society 1The Philosophes and SocietyThinkers called philosophes believed that the use of reason could lead to reforms of government, law, and society.VOLTAIREROUSSEAUMARY WOLLSTONECRAFTDefended the principle of freedom of speech.Used wit to expose abuses and corruption.Opposed the slave trade and religious prejudice.Believed that people were basically good.Argued that government controls should be minimal and should only be imposed by a freely elected government.Felt the good of the community should be placed above individual interests.Argued that a woman should be able to decide what is in her own interest and should not be completely dependent on her husband.Called for equal education for girls and boys.
126Political Thinkers of the Enlightenment 1Political Thinkers of the EnlightenmentBARON de MONTESQUIEUTHOMAS HOBBESJOHN LOCKEPeople are naturally cruel, greedy, and selfish.People entered into a social contract, in order to live in an organized society.Only an absolute monarchy can ensure an orderly society.People are basically reasonable and moral.People have certain natural rights.A government has a duty to the people it governs. If a government fails, the people have the right to overthrow it.The separation of powers is the best way to protect liberty.Each branch of government should serve as a check on the others.
133The “Republic of Letters” URBAN –-- gathering of elites in the cities (salons)B. URBANE --– cosmopolitan, worldly music, art, literature, politics read newspapers & the latest booksC. POLITENESS –-- proper behavior self-governed
134Reading During the Enlightenment Literacy: % for men, 60 % womenBooks were expensive (one day’s wages)Many readers for each book- novels, plays & other literature journals, memoirs, “private lives” philosophy, history, theology newspapers, political pamphlets- often censored by governments
136Toleration & Religious Minorities out of political necessity, toleration of certain creeds began by 17th cent.Louis XIV turned back the clock, persecuting Huguenots in the early 18th cent.Austria - Toleration Patent of 1781 recognized Catholic public practice & granted right to private worship for Lutherans, Calvinists, & Greek Orthodoxin all other ways, Austrians were equalToleration of the Jewsremained the despised religious minority of Europelargest # of Ashkenazic Jews lived in Eastern Europerestricted in movementforbidden to own land or hold jobspay special taxessubject to periodic popular wrathSephardic Jews - had been expelled from Spain in 15th cent.settled in Turkish lands, also cities such as Amsterdam, Venice, London, & Frankfurt where they were free to work in banking & commercial activitiesmany philosophes denounced persecution, but still ridiculed Jewish customsAustria: eased restrictions on Jews, but still own land or worship publicly
137Impact/ Effects of the Enlightenment The Enlightenment birthed two revolutions imperative to Western Civilization:American RevolutionFrench RevolutionThe Enlightenment created an outlet for intellectuals/educated to openly debate issues w/in societyThis era allowed for a greater sense of ‘universalism’ where peoples did not live for their own sake, but sought betterment for others
138England v. FranceThe English and French Enlightenments exchanged influences through many channels.Because England had gotten its revolution out of the way early, it was able to proceed more smoothly down the road to democracy.But English liberty was dynamite when transported to France, where resistance by church and state was fierce.
140Enlightenment in America Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, many of the intellectual leaders of the American colonies were drawn to the Enlightenment.Jefferson, Washington, Franklin, and Paine were powerfully influenced by Enlightenment thought.The God who underwrites the concept of equality in the Declaration of Independence is the same Deist God Rousseau worshipped.
141Why should we care?Because Thomas Jefferson totally ripped off of these guys!You remember that little paper he wrote? It was called The Declaration of Independence and signed on July 4, 1776.This paper summarized how the Enlightenment ideas influenced our American forefathers (Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, James Madison).
143American RevolutionThe language of natural law, of inherent freedoms, of self-determination which seeped so deeply into the American grain was the language of the Enlightenment.Separated geographically from most of the aristocrats against whom they were rebelling, their revolution was to be far less corrosive than that in France.
146Enlightenment Ideas in America Natural Rights –life, liberty, and pursuit of happinessSeparation of Power – legislative, judicial, & executive branchesSocial ContractFreedom of speech, press, and religionPurpose of Gov’t to serve the peopleSystem of Checks and BalancesCapitalismImportance of EducationBelief that science and eventually technology will solve most or all problemsIdea of Human RightsHelping others---social services, etc….
147Pair Share ActivityComplete the Sum It Up Activity that is the last page of the graphic organizer packet.Some pairs will be sharing them as closure to the lesson.