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Essay On The American Enlightenment

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The American Enlightenment led to many new freedoms for the people of the United States, (Shultz,n.d.). It also caused them to begin to think of themselves as worthy of these freedoms and willing to fight for their preservation. Before the American Enlightenment the people believed in a life the was dictated by rulers, whether this be divine rulers or secular rulers. They also believed that the progress of a person throughout their life was unattainable. For example, if you were born a common man you would always be a common man and if you were born into to nobility, this would be your path for life. As the colonies began to progress and became more stable, many of the colonists found they had more time to participate in the cultural and intellectual developments in their area. Famous thinkers, such as, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Adam Smith believed that every person was born with “natural rights” and these rights could not be denied by anyone, even a king or a pope, (Shultz,n.d.). They also believed that the more rights the people acquired the more progress would be made in their lives. They began to influence the …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the american enlightenment led to many new freedoms for the people of the united states.
  • Explains that famous thinkers such as john locke, jean-jacques rousseau, and adam smith believed that every person was born with "natural rights" and these rights could not be denied by anyone.
  • Explains that religious leaders produced sermons that encouraged the american people to keep god at the center of their life. harvard was founded in 1636, with the mission of creating a literate ministry.
  • Describes the great awakening, a revival in the united states in response to these changes. ministers had begun to preach the idea that all people were equal in god's eyes.

Harvard was founded in 1636, with the mission of creating a literate ministry, (Shultz,n.d.). More colleges and secondary schools appeared in the United States and laws were passed in some states that required parents to teach their children to read. Primary schools were eventually required in many towns. As more and more people adopted the ideals of the Enlightenment, the practice of politics and commerce became more prevalent. The appearance of non religious newspapers began. These papers published the events in Europe, as well as, the politics and commerce in their new nation and their

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