Thomas Paine, John Adams and the American Revolution

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In 1775, the American movement towards freedom was gaining strength. Many authors during this time wrote about how the colonies needed to break away from England and become a free, independent nation. For example, Thomas Paine, John Adams and his wife Abigail are historic figures that played a significant role in the independence movement. They wished for an independent, British-free society where revolution was the means to achieve their common goal. The eventual triumph over Britain fulfilled the promises and aspirations of both Paine and the Adamses.

In January of 1776, Thomas Paine made the case for independence in his pamphlet titled, Common Sense. The conquest of the British must have satisfied the goals of Paine in a plethora of ways. It is made evident that Paine is not fond of a monarchy. He says, " To the evil of monarchy we have added that of hereditary succession...For all men being originally equals, no one by birth could have a right to set up his own family in perpetual preference to all others for ever" (94). He later goes on says that a monarchy is nothing better than a restless gang and that hereditary succession is foolish, wicked, and grow to become rude.

In addition to Paine's thoughts on monarchy, he is delighted to see the British leave America for many other reasons. It is clearly evident that Paine believes Americas would have flourished more if the British had not controlled the Americas. Not only does he say, ."..America would have flourished as much, and probably much more, had no European power had any thing to do with her", but he also states, "whenever a war breaks out between England and any foreign power, the trade of America goes to ruin, because of her[America] connection w...

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...d goal was a government that was elected and not one that had absolute rule. He makes this evident by saying, " An whole Government of our own Choice, managed by Persons whom We love, revere, and can confide in, has charms in it for which Men will fight" (102). Similarly, Thomas Paine also believes in the idea of a lovable government, " Let the assemblies be annual, with a President only. The representation more equal" (96).

Overall, the achievement of independence fulfilled the promises and aspirations of Thomas Paine and the Adamses in a great way. If it was not for Common Sense the revolution might not have gained as much support then if Common Sense was not published. John Adams became a huge historical figure and even became the President. John Adams said it best when he said, " Britain has been fill'd with Folly, and America with Wisdom..." (103).