The Enlightenment
movement that spread the idea that reason and
science could improve society
used reason and science to c...
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Book: The Social Contract
Important Ideas:
Social Contract: an unwritten agreement between
a people ...
John Locke
Book: Two Treatises on Government
Important Ideas:
Natural Rights: rights that all people are born with –
life,...
Charles Montesquieu
Book: The Spirit of the Laws
Important Ideas:
Separation of Powers: the best way to protect
natural ri...
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The ideas that contribute to the new government of the US! John Locke, Charles Montesquieu, Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Natural Rights, the Social Contract, and Separation of Powers!

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  1. 1. The Enlightenment movement that spread the idea that reason and science could improve society used reason and science to challenge preconceived notions about the world around them
  2. 2. Jean-Jacques Rousseau Book: The Social Contract Important Ideas: Social Contract: an unwritten agreement between a people and their government The people agree to follow the laws The government agrees to protect the people’s natural rights
  3. 3. John Locke Book: Two Treatises on Government Important Ideas: Natural Rights: rights that all people are born with – life, liberty, property Right to Revolution: when government no longer protects the natural rights of its citizens, it is up to the people to form a new government that will
  4. 4. Charles Montesquieu Book: The Spirit of the Laws Important Ideas: Separation of Powers: the best way to protect natural rights is to divide the power of government Legislative, executive, judicial Checks and Balances: by balancing the powers and giving each branch the power to watch over the other two ensures none will become corrupt

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