The Rise of Democratic Ideals

The enlightenment was a European intellectual movement of the late 17th and 18th centuries emphasizing reason and individualism rather than tradition. It was heavily influenced by 17th-century philosophers such as Descartes, Locke, and Newton, and led to further great works by Kant, Goethe, Voltaire, Rousseau, and Adam Smith.

One of the most important movements to arise from the Enlightenment was the re-birth of democracy. Today we will trace Democratic ideals through the ages.

In class, students will visit 6 different stations, each with a different document about democracy. They will read the document and answer the question in the packet. Students will have 10 minutes at each station before moving to the next.

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Download: Student Questions Packet