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Influences of the Enlightenment thinkers Revolutionary

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Blakely Williams

on 14 November 2013

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Transcript of Influences of the Enlightenment thinkers Revolutionary

American Revolution
Different life without the Enlightenment thinkers
The Enlightenment thinkers influenced the American Revolution by giving the colonists an opportunity to decide to break away from the British rule. The enlightenment thinkers gave the Colonists ideas of becoming free. Colonists were able to see a different lifestyle than they were used to. John Locke played a large role in the influence. John Locke strongly believed that all people should have natural rights. Thomas Jefferson agreed, therefore putting it into the preamble of the constitution. He also thought that the government should have limited power because they didn't want people telling them what to do all of the time. That was one of the things that started the American Revolution because they wanted to break free from Great Britain.

American Revolution
The American Revolutionary War lasted from April 1775 to September 1783. In April 19, 1775 the first battles of the American Revolution were fought at Lexington and Concord, marking the beginnings of armed conflict between Great Britain and America. The United States declared independence from Great Britain. That idea was inspired by John Locke because he believed that the government should have limited power and Great Britain had a lot of power. Afterward, Great Britain and the United States signed a peace treaty, the Treaty of Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.
Enlightenment thinkers influenced the American Revolution
If the Enlightenment age wouldn't of happened it is very much possible that those events may not have occurred. The enlightenment thinkers inspired many of the things that happened during the American Revolution. Especially the work of John Locke.
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