How did European humanism and political thought influence Founders in the North American colonies?

By the due date, choose and respond substantively to one of the discussion questions posted below. Submit your response to the Discussion Area on W3 Assignment 1: Post Here. Your response should include a clear argument supported by cited evidence as well as your own explanation of what that evidence means and why it is relevant to your post.

Steps to Success

Please use scholarly, college-level research sources to respond to this assignment, including the textbook, class lectures, relevant primary sources, and/or journal articles from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division Online Library. If you use websites for your research, they must be reputable scholarly sources.

Acknowledge your sources using in-text citations and a works cited list formatted in MLA style. Summaries and paraphrases require citations; quotes require quotation marks and citations.

Do not use attachments for this assignment. Submit your response directly to the Discussion Area.

Participation Instructions

By the end of the week, please comment substantively on two or more classmates’ assignments. Responding substantively to any questions left to you by the instructor in his or her feedback will count as one of your two required participation responses. Leave comments that raise salient points and stimulate discussion. Focus on the topic and its historical context. Be respectful, helpful, clear, and concise. Always utilize constructive language, even in criticism, to work toward the goal of further learning. Good participation comments will assist your educational process and that of the class as a whole.

The discussion questions for this task include:

How did European humanism and political thought influence Founders in the North American colonies?
Prior to the 18th century, few moralists or social thinkers wrote about the concept of happiness. What does the new emphasis on happiness reveal about attitudes towards human nature?
How did romanticism differ from the social and artistic thought of the 18th century? What was the relationship between romanticism and nationalism?

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