Essay The United States Of America

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The United States of America was born in and of the Enlightenment. The American Revolution, our national documents, and our system of government were products of Enlightenment philosophy. No other nation`s history can be identified in the same way as much with the Enlightenment as ours.
The Enlightenment, or Age of Reason, was a revolution in thinking that began in Europe in the 17th century. After centuries of political and religious oppression, philosophers were beginning to advance theories emphasizing humanistic values and the use of reason in scientific, political, and religious areas. “(The)…Enlightenment was an unsparing sunrise, revealing the wickedness of ancient ideas and institutions, illuminating also the fundamental goodness of man.”
Samuel Johnson was a Connecticut born clergyman and educator who founded and became the first president of King`s College (today`s Columbia University). In 1714 he was at Yale University working on a scholarly project when a shipment of 800 books arrived, including works by Francis Bacon, John Locke, Isaac Newton, and other Enlightenment writers, which had not been seen in America before. In his Autobiography Johnson wrote, “All this was like a flood of day to his low state of mind…he found himself at once emerging out of the glimmer of twilight into the full sunshine of open day.” (Schneider, p. 6) Thus began the American Enlightenment
One of the ideals of the Enlightenment was education. In the 18th century, with an increase in…

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