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Ryan Frazier/February 11, 2008 /History 102-500/Essay #1 Essay #1 Ryan Frazier HIST 102-500 February 11, 2008 1
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Enlightenment was an intellectual movement that originated in England in the seventeenth century, but later spread all over the world. Enlightenment ideals primarily consist of the “belief that reason was the key to humanity’s advancement as the basis of truth, liberty, and justice.” 2 Without the help of many aristocrats, intellects, and salons, the Enlightenment movement could not have revolutionized Europe and the Americas. In his letter to Colonel Edward Carrington, Jefferson reveals that respect, understanding, and knowledge are the fundamental ideals for Enlightenment to spread. Jefferson states that “the people are the only censors of their governors; and even their errors will tend to keep these to the true principles of their institution. To punish these errors too severely would be to suppress the only safeguard of the public liberty.” 1 This respect for the common man helped Enlightenment ideas to spread, not only through pubs and salons, but also to such important documents as the Constitution of the United States of America and the Bill of Rights. Jefferson believed that the only way for a government “to prevent these irregular interpositions of the people, is to give them full information of their affairs through the
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