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This PowerPoint presentation and student notes guide details Enlightenment Thinkers, such as Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu, and Rousseau, and their subsequent impact upon the Framers of the U.S. Constitution. This presentation includes primary source excerpts comparing Locke and the Declaration of Independence, as well as the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation and Shay's Rebellion. Additionally, the guiding principles of rule of law, federalism, separation of powers, checks and balances, and popular sovereignty are also included. Student notes guide is included as well to this presentation that is integral to beginning the study of the Constitution in AP U.S. Government and Politics.