Choose one of the following two questions for your first essay.
- Social Contract Theory, the European Enlightenment and Deism had a profound impact on the thinking of American colonists. Thoroughly explain the theories that came out of the above movements, and describe how Americans like Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson responded. What were the implications of these philosophies on American thought and society? Be sure to discuss how each expanded the colonists’ definitions of liberty and individual rights.
To what degree was the American Revolution actually “revolutionary?” Did the Revolution transform social, political, and economic relationships in the young United States, or did it simply preserve the colonial status quo? Be sure to include how the Revolution affected both male and female patriots, African-Americans, Loyalists, and Native Americans.