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HIST 101
WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT #2:
The Enlightenment and The Great Awakening

In conjunction with chapter 3, this assignment will ask you to read two historical accounts that correspond to American experiences with the Enlightenment and the Great Awakening in the mid-18th century North American colonies. These two social phenomena (the Enlightenment and the Great Awakening) each exerted a significant influence on the development of American political and religious thought in the years leading up to the American War for Independence. This influence can be seen not only within society-at-large, but also among individuals.

Assignment: Read “The Danger of an Unconverted Ministry” (1740) by Gilbert Tennent and Benjamin Franklin’s autobiographical account of his “Pursuit of Moral Perfection” (c.1730s) and answer the following series of questions as short individual answers. ANSWER IN YOUR OWN WORDS, as you EXPLAIN the meaning of his statements. DO NOT SIMPLY REPEAT THE WORDING FROM THE DOCUMENT:

1. How does Franklin create his list (from what source or sources does he draw upon to compile the list)? Feedback Rubric:|

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In order to accomplish his goal for moral perfection, Franklin developed and committed himself to a personal improvement program that consisted of living 13 virtues which he saw as necessary or desirable to him at the time. Franklin’s sources came from various enumerations and numerous different writers. |

2. Explain how Franklin’s approach to the issue of moral improvement reflects BOTH the ideals of the Great Awakening and those of the Enlightenment? (10 points) Feedback Rubric:|

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Franklin’s approach to the issue of moral improvement reflects the ideals of the Great Awakening by Franklin concentrating more on good deeds or his morals ,such as, asking himself "What good shall I do today?" and put a lot of focus on the good that he...
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