Common Sense: An Influence on American Independence

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What would influence you to fight for American Independence? Would your family's’ views, your friend’s views, or the views of a political pamphlet influence you? In the beginning of the American Revolution, a man by the name of Thomas Paine wrote a political pamphlet that would influence many Americans to fight for independence from Britain. Thomas Pain used several ideas that include government is a necessary evil, America will eventually be independent, Britain will always oppress the American Colonies to influence the American People, and the importance of allies.
Thomas Paine was born on January 29th, 1737 in Thetford, England. He began working for his father at the age of 13 which is when his formal education ended. He became a tax-collector and began teaching himself to further his short-lived formal education. Paine was released from his tax-collecting job for pushing for higher wages stating that higher wages would reduce corruption (Claeys). A few months before the American Revolution began he moved to America after meeting Benjamin Franklin who urged him to move to America (Henretta and Brody).
Paine had not entertained the idea of independence from Britain when he arrived in America. He thought it was “a kind of treason” to break away from Britain. It was not until the Battle of Lexington in 1775 that he considered “the compact between Britain and America to be broken” (Claeys). This idea of a broken compact allowed Thomas Paine to write a political pamphlet.
Thomas Paine published his political pamphlet entitled, Common Sense, on January 10th, 1776 in Philadelphia (Claeys). At this time, his pamphlet did a great job of rallying Americans together and even gave the war a purpose: to seek full independence from...

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There were several factors that influenced the American People to fight for their independence. One such factor was Thomas Paine’s Common Sense. This political pamphlet ignited American spirit and gave purpose to the war. It gave reasons why government was a necessary evil, why American independence was inevitable, why British oppression was inevitable, and why foreign allies were important. These radical ideas allowed the American people to band together to stand up and fight for their independence from the British Government.

Works Cited

Claeys, Gregory. Thomas Paine: Social and Political Thought. Boston: Unwin Hyman, 1989. ebook Collection (EBSCOhost). 16 25 2013.
Henretta, James A and David* Brody. America: A concise History . Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010. Document.
Paine, Thomas. Common Sense. Philadelphia : R. Bell, 1737. Document .
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