Ch 2: Early Influences on American Government

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Revisit topics pertaining to American government when you review the text and video lessons in this chapter. In addition to the interactive lessons, you'll find quizzes that will test your understanding.

Early Influences on American Government - Chapter Summary

This chapter outlines political theories and contrasting viewpoints of 17th century theorists, and it discusses the scientific and philosophical movements that took place in Europe after the Dark Ages. Learn more about the works and contributions of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle as well as:

  • The influence of classical philosophers
  • The ideas of Enlightenment thinkers and the theories of Locke and Hobbes
  • The effects of the Enlightenment on democracy
  • The American Enlightenment and the thirteen colonies
  • Colonial governments

Animated video lessons and text transcripts comprise this educational chapter. Well-qualified instructors narrate the videos and provide answers to your questions when you interactively submit them. Watch the short lessons via your mobile device whenever your schedule permits.

7 Lessons in Chapter 2: Early Influences on American Government
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Classical Philosophers: Political Ideas & Influence

1. Classical Philosophers: Political Ideas & Influence

In this lesson we will learn about classical Greek philosophers. We will highlight their key philosophical contributions, explore their views on politics, and see how their ideas have influenced modern thinking.

The Enlightenment Thinkers & Their Ideas

2. The Enlightenment Thinkers & Their Ideas

In this lesson, we discuss the varied and diverse 18th-century intellectual movement known as the Enlightenment. In addition to exploring its background and nature, we highlight several of the era's chief philosophers and their ideas.

Thomas Hobbes & John Locke: Political Theories & Competing Views

3. Thomas Hobbes & John Locke: Political Theories & Competing Views

In this lesson, we discuss the two premier English political theorists of the 17th century: Thomas Hobbes and John Locke. We'll also take a look at their impact on Western philosophy in contemporary and modern times.

Influence of the Enlightenment on Democratic Thought

4. Influence of the Enlightenment on Democratic Thought

In this lesson, we will learn about the impact the Enlightenment has had upon democracy. We will see how the Enlightenment helped shape modern democratic thinking.

The American Enlightenment: Intellectual and Social Revolution

5. The American Enlightenment: Intellectual and Social Revolution

For a thousand years, Europe had been living in the Dark Ages until a series of philosophical, religious and scientific movements helped turn on the lights. The Enlightenment began in Europe, but quickly spread throughout America in the 1700s and helped set the stage for a revolution against British rule.

The 13 Colonies: Life, Economy & External Influences

6. The 13 Colonies: Life, Economy & External Influences

In this lesson, you will explore daily life and the economy of the 13 colonies. You will also discover the external influences that impacted colonial life. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Colonial Governments During the Revolutionary War

7. Colonial Governments During the Revolutionary War

In this lesson, you will explore not one, not two, but three different attempts at colonial government by Americans during the Revolutionary War. Discover their impacts and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

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