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Jefferson and Locke
A discussion of John Locke's influence on Thomas Jefferson.
# 121058 | 1,250 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in History (U.S. Birth of the Nation 1750-1800)

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An analysis of John Locke's influence on Thomas Jefferson as evidenced by Jefferson's "A Summary View of The Rights of British America". The paper outlines Locke's political philosophy and the idea of the consent of the governed.

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"The Founding Fathers drew their inspiration for their political philosophy from some of the greatest thinkers who had lived up to that point. No thinker was more influential than John Locke, whose Second Treatise on Government set the world on its ear with its assertion that the citizens had the right to replace a tyrannical ruler. Thomas Jefferson drew heavily on Locke's theories when he wrote; "A Summary View of The Rights of British America". In this treatise, Jefferson laid out his reasons for believing that the British Crown was acting tyrannically towards..."

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