How did the Enlightenment influence the American Revolution?


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The Enlightenment influenced the American Revolution in numerous ways, with core Enlightenment ideals including liberty, equality and justice leading the creation of conditions for the American Revolution and the Constitution that followed. Many ideas and concepts, including natural rights, freedom from oppression, and innovative ways of thinking regarding government structure came directly from Enlightenment philosophers, and helped to form firm foundations for colonialism and modern day America.

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The American Enlightenment, a time of intellectual change in the 13 colonies between 1714 and 1818, paved the way for many defining moments and events in the country's history, including American Independence and the creation of the American Republic under the United States Constitution of 1787, and the Bill of Rights in 1790.

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