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Revolutionary/Age of Reason (1750-1800)

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Roseline Agyekum

on 13 January 2014

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Revolutionary/Age of Reason (1750-1800)
Values & Beliefs
Core belief(Rationalism): Human reason could..
discover the natural laws of the universe
determine the natural rights of mankind
ascending progress in knowledge, technical achievement, and moral values would be realized
Rise of Deism:
believed in God as a great inventor or architect who created the universe. Then He left it alone without any divine intervention in its growth.
Rise of Humanitarianism:
Benevolence towards the less fortunate people
Charity, donations, etc.
Genre & Style
Mostly non-Fiction
Political philosophy
Provocative- another strong reaction
Pamphlets - spreading propaganda during the Revolution
Significant Authors & Works
Thomas Paine wrote the "Common Sense" which states that sooner or later independence from England would come. He also worked as a clerk at the Pennsylvania assembly and there he published his writings which begun in 1788. He published the "Age of Reason" which was praise of achievements of the Enlightenment .
Alexander Pope- English poet who is best known for his satirical verse and his translation of Homer. His most famous original work is "Rape of the Lock".
Patrick Henry was a persuasive speaker and he is famous for his " Liberty or Death" speech
Thomas Jefferson- wrote Declaration of Independence
*Famous Work*
Historical Context
by Jose v., Jeniffer C., Lindsay R., Samir B., and Roseline A.
American Revolution (1775-1785)- oppression; over taxation on the colonies
French Revolution ( 1787-1799)- a period of radical social and political upheaval in France
Enlightenment Era- science took prevalence over faith and lasted throughout the 1800s
"Those who to reap the benefits of this great nation must bear the fatigue of supporting it." -Thomas Paine
"Some Nymphs there are, too conscious of their face,
For Life predestin'd to the Gnomes Embrace.
These swell their Prospects and exalt their Pride,
When Offers are disdain'd, and Love deny'd.
Then gay Ideas crowd the vacant Brain " -Alexander Pope
"When people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government rs the people, there is liberty." -Thomas Jefferson
Alexander Pope
Thomas Paine
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