Colonial Influences-Cato's Letters
By Sophia Miles
Cato the Elder
We should express our thoughts and ideas to the public! If we use a pseudonym for our names, no one will know it is us!
Cato the Younger
I make all the rules! You can't make me follow the laws!
Declaration of Independence
Freedom of Speech!
Two anonymous authors, Cato the Elder and Cato the Younger, wrote a collection of newspaper articles. These articles were called Cato's Letters, and they were written in the 1720's.
The reason the two Cato's wrote Cato's letters was because they were frustrated with the king's oppressive rule. They also were trying to propose the ideas of rights(such as freedom of expression) and rule of law.
The newspaper articles ended up planting ideas that led to the American Revolution. It also influenced rights, like freedom of speech, that were inserted into the Declaration of Independence.
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