Discussion #1: the declaration of independence | AMH2020 | Miami-Dade College


The tensions that arose between Great Britain and her North American  colonies as a result of taxation and other measures following the Seven  Years’ War culminated in war, a movement for independence and the  establishment of a new nation. The ideals that fueled the Revolution  were grounded in Enlightenment Era thought. These same ideals still  shape our vision as we continue to define American Democracy.

To prepare for this post, please review the links below to support your discussion: 

After you have completed the readings answer ONE of the following questions:

1. How  did Enlightenment Era thought influence the Declaration of  Independence? In your answer, be sure to address how political thought  evolved during the Enlightenment Era and how those shifts are  represented within the Declaration of Independence.   

2. Are Enlightenment ideals still relevant as a guiding force in current American society?  How so? In your answer, please be sure to address current events and issues.