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American Revolution. Declaration of Independence . 3 Sections: Natural Rights, Complaints, Solutions Written in 1776 by Thomas Jefferson in Philadelphia, PA Includes rights of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness (Similar to John Locke). Enlightenment. Colonies win the War.

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declaration of independence
Declaration of Independence
  • 3 Sections: Natural Rights, Complaints, Solutions
  • Written in 1776 by Thomas Jefferson in Philadelphia, PA
  • Includes rights of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness (Similar to John Locke)
colonies win the war
Colonies win the War
  • Americans were defending their homes
  • Overconfident British leaders made lots of mistakes
  • Distance from Britain made war long and expensive for Brits
  • Helped by France
after the war
After the War
  • Colonies unite as a republic
    • Government where citizens rule by electing representatives
  • Leaders afraid of strong government
    • Created Articles of Confederation- FAILED
constitution
Constitution
  • 1787: Constitutional Convention
    • Open to pg 643
  • 3 ways to avoid absolutism/tyranny
    • Federalism: national and state governments share powers
    • Separation of Powers: 3 branches of government
    • Bill of Rights
important results
Important Results
  • Constitution put Enlightenment ideas into practical use
  • Will influence future revolutions and democracies worldwide
    • French Revolution!!
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