Politics For The People By Thomas Jefferson And Benjamin Franklin

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Politics for the People The Enlightenment era was a time that internationally changed the realm of politics and human rights. Without the influence and the ideas of several philosophers from this time period, the basic rights and liberties that Americans have today would perhaps not exist. The American government, eventually formed from a revolution against Great Britain, could even be seen as a direct result of the Enlightenment ideas on politics, as many of the early documents are said to be inspired by the ideas in the writings of John Locke and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and some of the founding fathers involved in the Continental Congress responsible for the Declaration of Independence were also significant philosophers of the Enlightenment themselves, such as Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. The Declaration of Independence, which was written by Thomas Jefferson, expresses powerful and hopeful ideas about natural rights when Jefferson almost immediately says, “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness . . .” (Reader, pp. 448-449) These unalienable rights mentioned are rights that are presumed to be natural, as in universal to all people, but when the colonists were not being fairly represented by the government of Great Britain, which they were still expected to abide by, they felt like those rights…

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