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In many ways, the new United States  was  the Enlightenment, for its leaders could  actually implement many of the ideas that European philosophers could only talk idly  about. Americans were exposed to, and contributed to, the leading works of science,  law, politics, and social order, yet lacked the traditions and conservatism that impeded  the European countries from truly changing their ways. Indeed, the Declaration of  Independence borrows heavily from Enlightenment themes—even taking passages from  Locke and Rousseau—and the U.S. Constitution implements almost verbatim Locke  and Montesquieu’s ideas of separation of power. America was founded as a deist  country, giving credit to some manner of natural God yet allowing diverse religious  expression, and also continued in the social and industrial veins that were begun in  Europe. Just a decade after the revolution in America, France followed suit, with the French 
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