American Revolution and Natural Rights

Jean Jacques Rousseau, lithograph, in The Social Contract, translated with an historical and critical introduction and notes by H.J. Tozer, etc. (London: 1895), from the British Library,

How did the American Revolution develop the concept of natural rights?

Download Primary Source Set: American Revolution and Natural Rights

This source set introduces traditional documents of the Enlightenment and the American Revolution which focus on the idea of natural rights. It then provides primary document evidence to link American Revolutionary ideas to anti-slavery, women’s rights, and the French Revolution.