Enlightenment & Romantic EventsEnlightenment Era: Thomas JeffersonThe Enlightenment was a way of thinking about all kinds of things and how people reacted to it. The entire opening of the Declaration of Independence is composed of ideas by John Locke. He strongly believed we all have the right to life, liberty and property. The Founding Fathers added that in the Declaration of Independence (Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness). Locke also believed that if a leader was that if a ruler was abusive or persecuting the people, they have the right not to comply and stand up for themselves. Jefferson was considered a rebel himself because of writing the Declaration of Independence.Enlightenment Era: PhilosophyJohn Locke is considered the father of modern democracy in that he wrote a lot on tolerance and representation as essential components to any worthy government. The founding fathers ofAmerican democracy were inspired by John Locke far more than any other philosopher in developing our form of government. Philosophers believed in total equality and could not be persuaded otherwise. They believed that there should be no social classes, or estates. They believed every person was equal and had the right to be called "citizen“. He felt that in order to fight ignorance, democracy was the only way.