The Enlightenment

This video discusses the Enlightenment. Students will learn about the ideas of Voltaire, Rousseau, Montesquieu, Kant, Smith, Hume, and many others whose ideas have been so impactful, they still influence the way we think about the world today.  In fact, there is so much packed into this video, you could pause and discuss each point for days.  This video for high schoolers could be a springboard for essay topics as well.  It beautifully sums up and introduces key parts of the Enlightenment both in Europe and America.

Standard supported: WH.5.2 Explain the key ideas of the Enlightenment in European history and describe its impact upon political and religious thought and culture in Europe and the Americas including the foundation of the American government.