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the enlightenment main ideas were about the importance of people against a powerful and tyrannic minority (monarchy in France and the UK dominance over the USA) which led to the Independence of the United States and the beginning of a democracy in both USA and France. It also brought the idea of equality between humans (french Déclaration des Droits de l'Homme et du Citoyen that you should probably talk about if I were you. You probably have the same kind of amendment in the USA i dunno). That should be a good start I think
P.S : sorry if my english is a bit clumsy :/
How did the Enlightenment affect the American Revolution?Answer
I was thinking that it was things like questioning authority and tradition, and believing in tolerance and change, and that the constitution was based on Enlightenment authors like Locke and Smith. Can any of you history buffs clarify this for me?
America's Founders derived inspiration for their revolutionary political project from a variety of sources from the contemporary to the ancient, from the scientific to the philosophical. These Americans were extraordinarily well-read men, and the following is merely a sampling of the sophisticated, controversial, and celebrated thinkers whose works filled their bookshelves and whose ideas filled their heads.
Locke - concept of liberalism and republicanism
Hume - self evident truths
Rousseau - natural rights of man
From Shmoop/Intellectual Roots of the American Revolution
Best to start with those engaged in the Salon Movement of Paris during the Enlightenment and then spread your wings from there.
Research such names as Voltaire, Rousseau, Geoffrin, and de Tencin.
You may want to look at the topics of 'Encyclopedistes' and Separation of Church and State, along with humanism.