The Enlightenment

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  • The Enlightenment was sparked by scientists who used reason, along with experiments, to figure out how the universe worked.During the Enlightenment, political thinkers tried to use reason to improve government. By: Jarrett Laney
  • I believe that the power of government should come from the people.Also that everyone was born with three basic rights of life liberty and ownership of property.He promoted freedom of the press, educational reform, and religious tolerance.
  • My name is Jean-Jacques Rosseau. I believe that it was the role of government to protect the "general will" of the people. Saw society as the corrupting influence of the people.
  • My name is Baron de Montesquieu promoted seperation of powers to maintain balance within government. Admired the English system of limited government.
  • My name is Voltaire.I championed the idea of freedom of speech.I disagreed with the Roman Catholic Church.I opposed the idea of the government supporting one religion and forbidding others
  • We all believed that the government should be forced to give all people the basic rights.We all liked the idea of the English system of limited government.
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