The Enlightenment Essay by The Research Group

The Enlightenment
This paper discusses how Franklin's work "Autobiography" and Jefferson's "Declaration of Independence" reflect the ideas of the Enlightenment.
# 73512 | 900 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2004 in History (U.S. Birth of the Nation 1750-1800)

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The paper explains how Benjamin Franklin's and Thomas Jefferson's works (Autobiography and Declaration of Independence respectively) reflect the Enlightenment beliefs. The paper continues by briefly describing the Enlightenment movement and its ideas. The paper also examines why the United States was considered "a child of the Enlightenment."

From the Paper:

"Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson were the leading intellectuals in eighteenth-century America. Both thinkers were steeped in the traditions of the Enlightenment and both earned praise for their erudition from Europeans at a time when America was considered a howling wilderness. David Hume, the Scottish philosopher, deemed Franklin the leading man of letters on the North American continent. Jefferson, for his part, was the brain behind the American Revolution."

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