This literature unit on the Age of Reason is the second in a series of the American Literary movements which includes: The Puritan Era, The Age of Reason, The Romantic Era, Transcendentalism, Realism, Harlem Renaissance, Modernism and Post Modernism. This particular unit begins by contrasting itself to prior ways of thinking and being human, as expressed through the literature of the previous era. It covers the major accomplishments, ideas and innovations of the Enlightenment, as well as the philosophical and political writers who wrote the premised ideals and rational for an infant America. This unit covers the notable writers as well as provide appropriate titles for analysis. The guided notes pose the critical questions that the Enlightenment thinkers asked themselves, and challenged their fellow country men and women, to the students, in a way that is relevant within our modern, everyday life.