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Luke and Luc get Enlightenment

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S: Luke and Luke Get Enlightenment

FC: Luc and Luke get Enlightenment by Thomas Sauls

2: Luc Dobois hurries through the streets of Paris on an errand for his employer the famous philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. It is a cool spring day in 1774. When Luc gets back to the house he sees a man and a boy about his own age of 15 standing outside of the house. Luc can tell they are speaking English, but that their accent is strange. Luc says, "Hello, I am Luc Dobois and I work for Mr. Rousseau, may I help you?"

3: The Bastille - a famous French landmark

4: The man answered, "I am James Smith and this is my son, Luke. We are from the North Carolina Colony and would like to speak with Mr. Rousseau." "Yes," added the boy, "my father and I read the Social Contract on the trip here and wish to discuss it with him. But I'm afraid that my French won't be good enough."

5: Jean-Jacques Rousseau

6: Luc said "Come in and sit by the fire. I will see if my master can see you." Then he went to find Rousseau. Rousseau agreed to meet the Smiths and invited Luc to join them to help with translating. They talked for many hours about ideas like Liberty and why Catherine the Great was a good ruler.

7: Discussing important ideas around the fire

8: When it was time to go, Luc and Luke agreed to write to each other. "This will help me improve my French," Luke said. "And help me improve my reading" said Luc.

10: About a year later, Luc hears some people talking about the American colonies. He hurried home and wrote Luke a letter. "Is it true that the colonies are at war with Britain now? I heard that there was fighting in places called Lexington and Concord."

11: British soldiers - the Red Coats

12: It was over a year before Luke wrote back. He wrote that he had been working for Thomas Jefferson and that he had been with him when he wrote an important document. The document had reminded Luke of his friend and the visit with Mr. Rousseau. He included a copy of the document, The Declaration of Independence

13: The Declaration of Independence

14: When Luc got the letter he was very relieved that his friend was okay and excited about the document. He read the Declaration of Independence to Mr. Rousseau who smiled and said, "yes, I do see myself in that document, but not just me." He showed Luc a book by John Locke and said that his ideas were in the document too.

15: John Locke

16: A few weeks later Luc was surprised to see Luke at his door. Luke explained that he was in France because he'd come with Benjamin Franklin on an important mission.

17: Benjamin Franklin

18: Luke said 'I think that France should join the American side in this war." Luc said "I agree. I think an Enlightened Despot is better than a selfish ruler like George III, but democracy is even better." Soon Luke has to leave. He tells his friend that he will volunteer for the army when he gets back to North Carolina.

19: George III - NOT a Enlightened Despot

20: Two years pass. Luc writes Luke his last letter from France. He said "Mr.Rousseau has passed away so I have decided to join the French troops that are coming to help in your war."

21: Ship to America

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  • Title: Luke and Luc get Enlightenment
  • Two boys, one in the American Colonies and the other in France, become friends and witnesses to history.
  • Tags: declaration of independence, enlightenment, rousseau
  • Published: about 10 years ago