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Blank 1 William Blank Mr. Mehos Foundations of US History Honors December 7 2010 The Enlightened Declaration of Independence The Declaration of Independence stated the freedom of the thirteen colonies from Great Britain. It acknowledged the rights of the new American people, the right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Because it declared these freedoms, it in turn can be considered an enlightenment document. John Locke was one of the major voices in the enlightenment. Locke was obstinate about the "natural right" of humans. The natural rights included, life, liberty, and property. Locke claimed that in order to protect these rights, a person must give up some power to the limited powers of a government. Baron de Montesquieu was a fan of John Locke. Montesquieu agreed with Locke's arguments for limited sovereignty. He believed in a separation of powers and system of checks and balances, and that one person should not have power over every area of government. It was Montesquieu’s ideas
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