Age of Reason 1700-1800

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Age of Reason 1700-1800

History-During this time people were very curious and therefore questioned things they weren’t allowed to before. -For example the government and the church. -Thomas Jefferson was a strong believer in reason.-People believed in the possibilities of reason, there was a hope and an optimism in human ability that gave definition to this age. -A person came from his ability to use reason. People did not fear science even though they did before this time because science wasn’t reliable.-People have the right to work for happiness-Reason can make lives betterbelieved that people could discover the truth about the meaning of life by "REASON" alone.-Believed that logic is better than emotion-During this time the revolution had been going on so many people wrote papers that criticized the british government.-Many believed that reason could solve any problem.-This society was one that used science and rational thought to establish order in the world.-People strongly resisted beliefs that limited imagination and the expansion of knowledge.-The population during this time believed that literature had the power to change the world.-There were no especially famous writers in this time because everyone was allowed to write. Also, many people used pseudonyms during this period of literature.-Many of Americans expressed their thoughts and feelings in newspapers of the times.

Literature- Many people wrote literature that criticized the government and other things.-The types of literature written during this time were –ballads, skits, poems, editorials, essays, letters, satires. People from all statuses and social clasess wrote literature during this time.-Prior to the Age of Reason, there was little American Literature from Native Americans and puritans who looked toward religious beliefs. There were few poets and essayist.-In the age of reason there was a rise in political public writing: documents, almanacs, and pamphlets. -Age of Reason was also called the The Enlighment. They valued reason over faith. They valued the power of reason and science. Assumed people were good not evil. -There was focus on persuasive writing, intended to convice citizens to join revolutionary causes.-People could express their ideas through journalists and printers.-Most writing was political; it related to breaking away from the British and starting a new government

Important WritersBenjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, James Madison, Patrick Henry, and most of the founding fathers. Famous WritingsThomas Paine's "The Age of Reason" and "Common Sense", Thomas Jefferson's "Declaration of Independence"

Age of Reason1700-1800By: Parrish McGee

Benjamin Franklin was a popular writer during the Age of Reason and Enlightment

This was a book written by Thomas Paine called The Age of Reason during the Age of Reason. The book explains how reason and theory can improve the lives of everybody around the world.

The Declaration of Independence written by Thomas Jefferson and a couple other founding fathers.

Works Cited-"Age of Reason." N.p., n.d. Web.-Bonilla, Eric A. "American Literature." : The Age of Reason or the Revolutionary Period in (1750-1800). Blogspot, n.d. Web. 23 Aug. 2013.-Harris, Anne. "Age of Enlightenment or Age of Reason." N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Aug. 2013.-McClure, Beverly. "The Enlightenment or Age of Reason: 1700s/Eighteenth Century – Europe and America." The Enlightenment or Age of Reason: 1700s/Eighteenth Century – Europeand America. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Aug. 2013.-The Age of Reason. N.d. Photograph. The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine. Federalist Papers. 15 Dec. 2012. Web. 24 Aug. 2013.-The Declaration of Independence. N.d. Photograph. The Declaration of Claremont Institute. Web. 24 Aug. 2013.

OverviewMost literature during this period of time was non-fiction. The purpose of this type of literature was to enlighten the people of the time. This is why the age was also known as the Enlightment. People during this time were rationalists and believe that the path to a good life was to be smart and reasonable. People during this time respected the mind and its power of differing thought from reality. They deprecated passions and emotions. As a result of all of the knowledge being transported through literature, people felt as if they knew everything.

Age of Reason Video by Parrish McGee (till 3:12)

The Founding FathersMost of them were famous politions and Age of Reason writers.


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