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Many of the ideas that were introduced during the Enlightenment were incorporated into the Declaration of Independence. These ideas changed colonists attitudes towards Great Britain in an opposing way.

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Independence Unit During the 1700s, new ideas from the Elightenment changed colonist's mind by making them understand their rights and leading up where they declared Independence after all. New ideas were found by scientists; those ideas went against religious ideas, scientists called this time period the Enlightenment. Moreover, Thomas Paine's Common Sense had a major impact on the colonists. Finally, Thomas Jefferson incorporated the ideas of the Enlightenment into the Declaration of Independence. The Enlightenment and Thomas Paine's Common Sense resulted in colonists declaring independence and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. New ideas were found by scientists in the 18th century; these ideas went against religious ideas, scientists called this time period the Enlightenment. During the enlightenment, philosophers believed the use of reason is the best method for learning the truth. Many philosophers put ahead their ideas during the Enlightenment. One philosopher was John Locke who believed in the idea of Natural Rights. ...read more.

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Common Sense was written to argue that the colonists deserved rights. The Common Sense pamphlet had a great impact on the colonists during this time. Thomas Paine's Common Sense broke tradition and was written in a way that all colonists could understand it. The 47 page essay was written to argue that the colonists deserved rights, that were not be obtained by Great Britain. It led to the cause of the colonists to want to be an independent land. In Thomas Paine's Common Sense, he argues that even uncivilized people do not treat own as badly as Great Britain did towards the colonists. Thomas Paine also disputes that Great Britain protected the colonies but only for their own personal benefits, which were commerce and food. The colonists wanted to be free and have the ability to self-govern the colonies which was the main idea of what Common Sense supported. Common Sense motivated the colonists and quickly enough the colonists to unify leading them to declare their independence from Great Britain by issuing the Declaration of Independence. ...read more.

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Furthermore, Section 2 of the Declaration of Independence also states, "...That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it." This idea was also presented by John Locke during the Enlightenment. Locke believed that if a person's natural rights are not protected by the government, the people can overthrow the government. Just as in the Enlightenment, the Declaration of Independence also inclined and changed people's attitudes towards Great Britain. In Conclusion, the Enlightenment and Thomas Paine's Common Sense resulted in colonists declaring independence and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Many of the ideas that were introduced during the Enlightenment were incorporated into the Declaration of Independence. These ideas changed colonist's attitudes towards Great Britain in an opposing way. The colonists understood their rights. Eventually they asked for Independence from Great Britain leading to the creation of the Declaration of Independence favoring ideas from the Enlightenment. After the colonists published the Declaration of Independence and won the American Revolution, they created a new type of government besides monarchy to protect their rights. ...read more.

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