The American Revolution was impacted greatly by the Enlightenment. The Enlightenment sparked ideas such as life, liberty and property. Such ideas belonged to the Enlightenment thinker, John Locke. John Locke’s idea of life, liberty and property were the basis of justification for the independence of America from Great Britain. John Locke thought that the government was designed to serve people in the manner of life, liberty and property. Documents such as the Declaration of Independence and The US Constitution were created based on the ideas of the Enlightenment.
The declaration of independence used ideas from John Locke. His idea that it was sufficient and sometimes necessary that people or citizens must rebel against the unjust ruler. In this case, it was sufficient that the people went against the king, George III. In fact, the declaration itself listed the injustice of King George III, perhaps to prevent future unjust rulers of America. Much like the Declaration of Independence, the US constitution was heavily impacted by enlightenment ideas. The US constitution used the ideas of enlightenment thinkers such as, Montesquieu and John Locke. Montesquieu’s idea of Separation of powers between the executive, legislative and judiciary branches of government... [continues]
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