Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson

analytical Essay
466 words
466 words

Thomas Paine was one of the great supporters of the American Revolution. He was a journalist and used his pen and paper to urge the public to break free from Great Brittan. He wrote anonymously, yet addressed the public as he spoke out about his beliefs. The first pamphlet he published, influencing independence from Brittan, was called Common Sense Paine believed that America needed to break free of the British clutches. He spoke out against slavery and joined the army to help fight the war. He did not agree with hereditary monarchy and wrote another paper to argue this point (Franklin 321). Paine was very aware of his criticizers, and worked very hard to persuade them toward his way of thinking. In his pamphlet Common Sense he writes: "I have heard it asserted by some, that as America has flourished under her former connection with Great Britain, the same connection is necessary towards her future happiness, and will always have the same effect"(Paine 323). Paine states the following argument: ."..for I answer roundly, that America would have flourished as much, and proba...

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that thomas paine was a journalist who urged the public to break free from great brittan. he wrote anonymously, yet addressed public as he spoke out about his beliefs.
  • Analyzes how paine believed that america needed to break free of the british clutches. he spoke out against slavery and joined the army to fight the war.
  • Explains that although thomas paine had great thoughts and ideas, it wasn't until thomas jefferson helped write the declaration of independence that america came to his side of thinking.
  • Analyzes how jefferson thought that the monarchy in england had gone bad. he describes the king in vivid detail.
  • Analyzes how jefferson discusses wanting to be an individual country completely separated from england. the new world wants to conduct war and peace on their own terms, be able to trade freely and contract alliances.
  • Explains that paine and jefferson had many common goals and set the tone for future governments to step up and make a difference.
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