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J. Hector St. John Crevecoeur
French-born American who wrote "Letters from an American Farmer". First successful American author. First to examine the idea of the "American Dream" and attempted to explain what an "American" was
A system of government in which people could aspire to rule themselves and make their own laws; a government based on majority rule.
The ability to practice one's religion freely and openly; acceptance of religious differences.
The Great Awakening
Religious revival in the 1730-40s, helped by Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield. Inspired controversy over emotionalism/ revivalism versus traditionalist Protestantism; united the Americans as a people.
Powerful preacher during the Great Awakening. Believed in the salvation through good works. "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God."
One of the preachers during the Great Awakening, known for his talented voice inflection.
An architectual style of London, mimicked in the colonies in the 1740s and 1750s in houses, churches, and public buildings.
Characterized by symmetrical placement of windows and dormers and a spacious center hall flanked by two fireplaces.
American painter who did portraits of Paul Revere and John Hancock before fleeing to England to avoid the American Revolution.
Minister of Massachusetts and Puritan theologian, who urged the inoculation against smallpox, played a role in Salem Witch Trials.
American printer, author, inventor, diplomat, statesman, scientist, and one of the Founding Fathers. After the success of his Poor Richard's Almanac (1732-1757), he entered politics and played a major part in the American Revolution. Franklin negotiated French support for the colonists, signed the Treaty of Paris (1783), and helped draft the Constitution (1787-1789). His numerous scientific and practical innovations include the lightning rod, bifocal spectacles, and a stove.
Poor Richard's Almanack
Written by Benjamin Franklin. It contained many sayings called from the thinkers of the ages, emphazised such homespun virtues as thrift, industry, morality and common sense. Was well known in Europe and was more widely read in America than anything except the Bible.
John Peter Zenger
Journalist who questioned the policies of the governor of New York in the 1700's. He was jailed, so he sued.
Libel Case aka Zenger Case
Resulting in the jury declaring a newspaper had the right to criticize a government leader as long as it was true. Truth was a defense for libel.
Defended Zenger and won the case, saying that Zenger should not be charged because what he says in the "Journal" is true.
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