Enlightenment Thinkers

Enlightenment Thinkers

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  • John Locke
  • What worries you, masters you.
  • Montesquieu
  • To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them.
  • Voltaire
  • The best is the enemy of the good.
  • John Locke was born in Wrington, United Kingdom. He was born August 29, 1632, and died October 28, 1704 in High Laver, United Kingdom. His big idea was liberty or human right. His idea impacted politics and government from his idea of the Two Treaties of Government were put in the United States Declaration of Independence.
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Montesquieu was born January 18, 1689 in La Brède. He died on February 10, 1755 in Paris, France. His big idea was that the French government was divided into "Trias Politica," which is the monarchy, Aristocracy, and commons. He believed the government would become too powerful. He influenced politics and government by thought of the idea of three major branches: executive, legislative, and judicial. These major branches are used in many governments today.
  • Enlightenment Women
  • Voltaire was born November 21, 1694 in Paris, France. He died May 30, 1778 in Paris, France. His philosophy was freedom of speech, liberty, and free trade. His works influenced other Enlightenment thinkers such as, John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. He influenced politics and government in America by all of his poems and books. Each one was different, and affected it in its own way. One of his books was about freedom of speech, and his philosophy.
  • Thomas Jefferson was born April 13, 1743 in Shadwell, Virginia. He died July 4, 1826 in Montecello, Virginia. His big idea was life-centered.  He focused on humans, geography, geology, plantations, populations, and societies. Thomas Jefferson impacted the government in America by writing the United States' Declaration of Independence. He was accompanied by John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert Livingston. 
  • Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
  • Women in the enlightenment were mainly governed by men. They lived in homes in the domestic sphere. They did chores such as cooking cleaning, taking care of children, and other household responsibility. Women started questioning society, and were able to gain knowledge and literary support.
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