Lead: The philosophical underpinning - independence, individual rights, liberty, equality, and economic freedom - of both the French and American Revolutions emerged from the European Enlightenment.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: At the heart of the Enlightenment was the absolute confidence in human reason and the conviction that men and women had the capacity to master their environment. As a result, out of this period, there emerged significant reforms in government, religion and education rooted in the human desire to change the world.


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