The Enlightenment Research Paper Ap Us History

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The Impact of the Enlightenment in Colonial America
Crístel Mendieta
Lincoln International Academy

Advanced Placement United States History
Mr. Roger Brady
September 12, 2012

Abstract This research paper was written for the Advanced Placement United States History class taught by Mr. Roger Brady. It focuses on the rise of the ideas of the Enlightenment and how these ideas were relevant in the American Revolution, and the creation of the modern American Society. It also provides a throughout explanation of what is the Enlightenment, who are its main exponents, and how the ideas of the Enlightenment spread. Lastly, it also depicts how the colonists were mistreated and mocked by the British Empire before the ideas of the
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The shift of mind on which the Enlightenment also focused on other ideologies which were more applicable with governments and societies in general; an example of this is in the belief that democracy, a type of government in which most of its functionaries are controlled and chosen by the people, is the form of government that should be practiced. And, even though, the Enlightment encourages secularity it also approves of Deism, the theological belief that the universe was created by a higher entity, and the acceptance of the Natural Law which is an innate set of rights and freedom given by God, or nature, that cannot be taken away or restricted by the government. The Enlightenment also supported the Social Contract Theory, an agreement between the government and the people where the people give up some of their freedoms to live under the protection of a government (Niles, 2010). These ideals and theories would in a near future be the moldings and basis of a newly born independent American Nation.
The Philosophes and the Enlightenment Few educators in history have made such a profound effect on the shape and molding of the future as John Locke. His approach on education and use of the science to prove his ideals not only shaped the ideals of the Enlightenment but European and American life itself (Trish, 2009). Locke disagreed with the relevance of ancient Greek philosophies in modern education and supported

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