SS.7.C.1.1 VOCAB

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Enlightenment
a period in European history when many educated people stressed the importance of learning and reasoning; education was considered the key to understanding and solving society's problems
Founding Fathers
representatives from each of the 13 colonies who participated in writing the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution
individual liberty
a person's ability to be free and independent
natural law
laws passed by government to protect natural rights
social contract
an implied agreement among the people of an organized society that defines the rights, duties, and limitations of the governed and the government
separation of powers
the structure of the federal government, according to the U.S. Constitution, that sets up three branches with their own distinct powers and responsibilities
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