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    How did Enlightenment ideology affect African Americans and the institution of slavery? (I've answered the question and explained some of the background information, trying to make it easy to understand. My explanation is about 5 paragraphs long, and I've also included some links that may be helpful.)

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    Good afternoon. I'm assuming these are discussion questions for a history class, and I am going to write you an answer so that you can participate knowledgeably in the discussion. I do understand that history textbooks can be quite dry and hard to understand, so I'll try to make this as clear as possible. Please do not, however, use any of my words, because that would be plagarism. I will also include a list of websites that can help you research this topic. I've chosen the question, "How did Enlightenment ideology affect African Americans and the institution of slavery?"

    The Age of Enlightenment was also called the Age of Reason, and the basic idea was that it was an intellectual revolution. Immanuel Kant defined this ideology as "... the bringing of light into the dark corners of the mind." They had a lot of confidence in reason, which they believed could win against society's abuses. Some famous enlightenment thinkers included John Locke, Baron de Montesquieu and Jean Jacque Rousseau. In "Two Treatises of Government," John Lock wrote of "natural rights and liberty for the people." The idea that all ...

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    Explanation of how Enlightenment ideology impacted the institution of slavery, and African Americans in particular.