HISTORY RESPONSE PAPER II

HISTORY RESPONSE - CYPRIEN SAVEROT HISTORY RESPONSE II Prof Ryan Swanson In The Social Contract Rousseau argued that a government has a social

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CYPRIEN SAVEROT HISTORY RESPONSE II 10/19/2010 Prof. Ryan Swanson. In The Social Contract , Rousseau argued that a government has a “social contract” to ensure that the rights and liberties of everyone are upheld, rather than just those of the powerful and rich elite as was the case in 18 th century France and the American colonies. If a government does not properly protect the rights, liberty, and equality of all its citizens then that government has broken the social contract and must be overthrown. This idea is very clearly echoed in the Declaration of Independence, and the Declaration of the Rights of Man. Jean- Jacques Rousseau’s philosophy of democracy, sacrifice for the common good, and freedom from oppression most definitely inspired both the American and French Declarations and the outcomes of the revolutions would have made him very proud. When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence he had in mind Rousseau’s idea of a Social Contract. “When a long train of abuses and usurpations reduces mankind under
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HISTORY RESPONSE - CYPRIEN SAVEROT HISTORY RESPONSE II Prof Ryan Swanson In The Social Contract Rousseau argued that a government has a social

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