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College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, CLASS, Great Minds Lecture Series


The Glorious Revolution in Britain (1688-9) was an important antecedent for the American Revolution. Most commonly, this is associated with the thought of John Locke, who wrote the famous “Two Treaties on Government” (1689) and had a hand in writing the first constitution of the Carolinas (1669). More surprisingly, French ideas about the virtues of agrarian society in China–”The Morals of Confucius” (1694)–also played a role in shaping early ideas about the plantation society of the South, the nature of political authority, and its connection to moral virtue.

Remnant Trust Works: “Two Treaties on Government” by John Locke, “The Morals of Confucius” by Confucius

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