Thomas Paine was an American writer, philosopher, activist, and revolutionist. Paine was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he wrote the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, and he inspired the rebels to declare independence from the “Motherland”. During his lifetime he was to be known as the very provocateur of the revolution. His controversial views on women and slaves snagged him a spot as one of the most influential people to first land in the colonies. Those views were not the only ingredients for his input on the revolution; he strongly inclined towards a democracy and disgraced the monarch system. Paine was born in the county of Norfolk in Thetford, England. With no anticipation of a Revolution, Paine moved to the colonies in 1774 with the help of Benjamin Franklin. He did not expect for the following fan base of his literature to be against the monarchy, but this sat well with Paine—he went on to write his several pieces of work that created the foundation and excuse for the revolution. Nearly every rebel read Common Sense, one of the
One of Paine’s argument and quite possibly the most important topic of his article is that the king of Britain and being under the monarchy is of no help to the colonies. Paine says that “Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil.” What Paine means by this is that is that have a having a set society and rules is a good thing but he feels as though having a strong set government and having a king rule over a nation like a dictatorship is evil and not something that should have control over all people. There were so many issues with how the king was chosen and who could become king such as there was no age limit, there
Paine was attempting to persuade Americans to seek independence from Britain through insurrection. Colonists were expected to observe unjust British laws and due to Britain’s debt from the French and Indian War, were also expected to pay unjust taxes. This brought on a flow of uprisings by the colonists, and the later on, the colony’s consensus to formally separate from Britain. With the writing of Common Sense, Paine convinced the colonists to
Thomas Paine returned to Europe from his time in America as a revolutionist. He had changed the minds of thousands of Americans in the way they thought about their revolution. Many of them did not know what they were fighting for. Paine put true hatred for the king of England in the minds of Americans and gave them new meaning to the war they were fighting, both on the home front and on the battleground. Paine saw it all when he was in America. His character in Howard Fast’s Citizen Tom Paine, explains his involvement on the battleground and the motive Common Sense had on the people. On page 115, Fast explains the rise of Paine thanks to his little book, saying, “He was no longer Tom Paine; suddenly, he had become Common Sense. He had written a little book, a hope or suggestion; he was a stranger in a tidewater colony that had defied the world. He was a nobody, yet out of that he became everybody.” This quote shows the rise of Paine to popularity in America. After Common Sense, everyone expected Paine to come through again in Europe. On page 198 of Citizen Tom Paine, Paine explains: “We won a constitution and we won a democratic state legislature, and then, loyal to the confederation, we sent our men by the thousands to fight with General Washington. I saw that myself.” Paine knew he had accomplished so much in America, but when he returned to England, now much older, he didn’t know if he’d be able to bring the same amount of energy into the European revolutions, such as the French Revolution, for he was older, and the European revolutions were remarkably different than the one in America.
Paine questioned British parliament and monarchy and also shared that “of more worth is one honest man to society and in the sight of god than all crowned ruffians that ever lived” (Paine, 1776). Colonies where under the rule of one king where liberty and honesty were very unlikely. When Paine wrote Common sense, he gave
Thomas Paine did not freely decide to leave England for the Colonies, in fact he was discovered by Ben Franklin who took a special interest in Paine’s enjoyment of science which was enough to win his approval (“Paine, Thomas” n.p). Franklin then sent Paine, who had no money, to America to start a life and gave him a job through a letter of recommendation that he sent to his son-in-law Richard Bache (“Paine, Thomas” n.p). Had Franklin not taken a special interest in Paine, he may have never been sent over to the colonies. Had he not been sent over t...
...his uprising and rebel against the British rule. These motives consisted of: No other country will be willing to help the colonists if America is seen as a part of Britain; both thriving countries, France and Spain will not aid the colonies if they believe that their help will be used by America to repair relations with England; other countries will see the colonies as enemies if they are still part of Britain; and by declaring independence, the colonies could begin to profit from international alliances and trade, of which Britain would not allow. Paine ends with a metaphor of the colonies if they do not take action immediately; “the Continent will feel itself like a man who continues putting off some unpleasant business from day to day, yet knows it must be done, hates to set about it, wishes it over, and is continually haunted with the thoughts of its necessity.”
The Declaration of independence was a great successful document written by Thomas Jefferson a great idealist and a man from the age of enlightment, he was a great writer and was the one chosen to write the declaration of independence, he wrote it with a lot of thought about how people’s emotions would be, how they would react, and how it would work all to their advantage, and with very rhetoric language he wrote this document, stating truths and lies about what was happening in the colonies at that time.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” These were the mighty words that Thomas Jefferson wrote down he developed his portion of the Declaration of Independence. Some people do not recognize Thomas Jefferson as one of the founding fathers, with other names like Ben Franklin and John Hancock being thrown around the room, but yet we should see him as the most important one. Thomas Jefferson was assigned to make a draft for the document. He chose to talk about how all men are equal and everybody deserves life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The declaration of independence is one of the most important documents in history and made all men equal, meaning one race is not superior to another. This influenced the public by making the black race have hope because now, they could see that one day they would be just as equal as...