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Video

Description:

“We as a free people, have the right to stand up to an oppressor.” The colonists didn’t just declare war-- they felt the need to justify themselves. Written in 1776, the Declaration of Independence asserted that as a free people they had the right to overthrow an unjust ruler-- a shocking idea at the time. In making this claim, they were influenced by the writings of philosopher John Locke, who was the second major ideological influence on the American colonists.

Subjects:

  • Social Studies > United States History

Education Levels:

  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Higher Education

Keywords:

American Revolution, America's Founding, Revolutionary War, American Independence, John Locke, Declaration of Independence, rebellion, radical Whig theory, Lockean liberalism

Language:

English

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