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Rousseau Reads His Social Contract


Free Resource - June 11th, 2010
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The Social Contract

This work of political philosophy by Jean-Jacques Rousseau begins with the famous saying: "Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains." In this book the great 18th-century Enlightenment thinker proposes a form of government which maintains individual freedom and also represents the general will of a society. This audio book is well narrated by Jason Douglas at ejunto.org and is available on MP3 download through ejunto.org or as a podcast through iTunes.

The Social Contract

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Aesop's Fables

Alexander Hamilton by Henry Jones Ford

Cicero by John Lord

Common Sense by Thomas Paine

The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lives of Our Presidents by W.A. Peters

The Magna Carta

Thomas Jefferson by David Saville Muzzey

The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare

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