Once you have read both Franklin and Jefferson’s texts, please complete the following short writing assignment (approximately 1 page in length) that analyzes the texts in context with the Enlightenment movement.
PROMPT: How do Jefferson and Franklin demonstrate key aspects or principles of the Enlightenment movement in their texts (which principles do you see illustrated in their writing, in other words)? How does the Enlightenment help influence their messaging (theme) in both texts? Why do you think they chose to use these elements to reach a specific audience? What do you think they were attempting to convince this audience of, given the historical situation during this time period?
You are welcome to add your own additional thoughts or ideas to these questions (above), but do feel free to use these questions to guide your analysis.