•His book Two Treatises on Government was published in 1690 – soon after the
put William and Mary on the throne.
•Locke put his thoughts into this book –
•the purpose of government is to protect
people’s “natural rights” to life, liberty, property
•if the government fails to do that, the
the right to rebel and overthrow it
•Locke greatly influenced ideas of America’s leaders, especially Thomas Jefferson,
Benjamin Franklin – those who helped put the words into the Declaration of
Independence just 86 years later.