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Enlightenment philosophers of the American Revolution

Voices of the Revolution: Two Great Thinkers

Portrait of John Locke

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine was an British-born political activist, author, and revolutionary who found America to aid the reason from the British. Because the author of two highly influential literature, The American Crisis and Good Sense, at the beginning of the American Revolution, he targeted to inspire the colonists to declare independence from Britain. Although his work affected the Founding Fathers to some extent, he'd a significantly greater effect on the most popular people, who, after reading through both of these works, grew to become a lot more encouraging from the Revolutionary cause. Even though the push for American independence had been burning when Paine was writing, he certainly assisted to kindle the flame.

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John Locke

John Locke

John Locke (29 August 1632 - 28 October 1704) was an British philosopher and physician regarded as among the most influential of Enlightenment thinkers, especially concerning the introduction of political philosophy. His documents affected Voltaire and Rousseau, but many importantly, the American revolutionaries. Thomas Jefferson used the ideas first composed by John Locke while writing the Promise of Independence. The saying "existence, liberty, and quest for happiness, " was a concept first considered by Locke in the Two Treatises on Government.

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