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Origin of Self-Government - Chapter Summary
Our subject-matter experts present these lessons on the origins of self-government. Students can explore the political theories and competing views of Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, the history of William Penn, and more, including:
- Ideas and accomplishments of Baron De Montesquieu
- Biography and facts about Thomas Hooker
- Influence of William Blackstone in colonial America
- Contributions of the founding fathers on civic virtue
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1. Baron De Montesquieu: Ideas, Accomplishments & Facts
In this lesson we will learn who Baron de Montesquieu was. Together, we will take a closer look at his history, his personal life and his legacy. We will analyze his works and the impact they have made on legal philosophy and modern-day constitutional law.
2. 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.
3. Thomas Hooker: Biography & Facts
Thomas Hooker, a Cambridge-educated Puritan minister from a prominent English family, migrated to America and became known as the 'Father of Connecticut.' Learn how Hooker's religious beliefs and political clout might have had an impact on the U.S. Constitution.
4. William Penn: History, Facts & Biography
Meet William Penn, the founder of the Pennsylvania Colony and a leader in the Quaker religion. Discover how the young man from a prestigious family became an important figure in the New World.
5. William Blackstone: Biography & Influence in Colonial America
The law may seem difficult to understand at times, but that's nothing compared to how inaccessible it was before William Blackstone. In this lesson we'll explore the life and legacy of this jurist, judge, and politician.
6. Civic Virtue: Definition & Contributions of the Founding Fathers
When the American colonists developed the radical idea to declare independence, they had already put a lot of thought into that decision. In this lesson, we'll discuss one of the key concepts they relied on and see how it impacted their lives.
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