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American Republic. Cornell University Professor Isaac Kramnick, on the other hand, argues that Americans have always been highly individualistic and therefore Lockean. Some little satires on New York life were even printed in his brother's magazine. Republicanism edit Politically, the age is distinguished by an emphasis upon economic liberty, republicanism and religious tolerance, as clearly expressed in the United States Declaration of Independence. Both informed early American ideas of government and were major influences on the Constitution. Early Romanticists were more optimistic about the American reality than Late Romanticists were. Spencer, David Hume and Eighteenth-Century America (2005).
Rousseau or to German theorists. Parrington, Main Currents in American Thought (1927) online at 1 Shalhope (1982) Isaac Kramnick, Ideological Background in Jack. Philosophes such as Voltaire depicted organized Christianity as a tool of tyrants and oppressors and as being used to defend monarchism, it was seen as hostile to the development of reason and the progress of science and incapable of verification.
Small Puritan religious colleges were one of the few places where philosophy was discussed prior to the Enlightenment. Norton Company, isbn Israel, Jonathan A Revolution of the Mind Radical Enlightenment and the Intellectual Origins of Modern Democracy (2009) Princeton University Press, isbn Jayne, Allen Jefferson's Declaration of Independence: Origins, Philosophy and Theology (2000) The University Press of Kentucky, isbn ; traces TJ's sources. 5 In the decades before the American Revolution (1776 the intellectual and political leaders of the colonies studied history intently, looking for guides or models for good (and bad) government. Common Sense which urged the separation of the American colonies from England. Instead of going through life unhappy and thinking they had to suffer so they could enjoy the afterlife - people began to think about what they could accomplish on earth. Characteristic of this period were Cooper's later novels, Edgar Allan Poe's romances and poems written during the last eight years of his life, the works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ( and the poems by Walt Whitman ( ). See also edit References edit Burns, James MacGregor (2013). May, "The Enlightened Reader in America American Quarterly, vol.
Personal Statement In Coming To America, The many stages of the American Dream, How Books Changed America,