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Literature of The Enlightenment Era

Study Literature in the Time of the Enlightenment using online video. Use the video subtitles to improve Reading and Literacy skills ... at the same time!

Use these 6 online educational video titles on History Through Literature to learn about and discover the Period of The Enlightenment. Study and identify how the historical events in the fields of Industrial and Scientific change and development, revolutionary new ideas and technology, slavery and war, all reflected in literature of the time and a literary rebellion. Learn why this period became known as The Time of Enlightenment

Learn how the Seven Years' War helped spark both the American Revolution and the French Revolution. The ideas of the 1700s are examined throuogh Benjamin Franklin, a self-made man who achieved success by his own industry. The works of Locke, Newton, Voltaire, Defoe, Fielding, and Johnson illustrate how the humanist ideals of the Enlightenment created a second Renaissance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how the Seven Years War helped spark both the American Revolution and the French Revolution.
  • Describe Benjamin Franklin's role in the American and French Revolutions.
  • See how the scientific and industrial revolutions changed everyday life in Europe and America with ideals of freedom of religion, freedom of speech, free trade, fair taxation, and representative government throughout the world.
  • Identify important documents in the development of democracy and the establishment of the United States of America.
  • Learn about some of the religious beliefs and sacred texts of ancient peoples and identify the regions where different forms of faith prevailed.
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