What about the DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE? Is it propoganda? If so, why? If not, why not? How about comparing Paine's writings with the DECLARATION?
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If our standard of propaganda is the idea of being able to motivate and inspire for a specific political purpose, then the works of Jefferson and Paine would certainly constitute. Both writers and thinkers were not overly concerned with depicting both sides of the Colonial Freedom issue and were not interested in presenting a "fair and balanced" perspective to the issue. The works produced by both were intended to stir the emotions of the Colonists and galvanize them into action. They were intended of proving to the Colonists that there was a distinct and real need to declare and, eventually, fight for independence from England. Paine's work appealed to an emotional case for it, as it compared King George to a bully and also declared that the time is now for the colonists to rebel: "'Tis time to part." Jefferson sought the same end, but did so in a methodical and calculated analysis which laid the issue of independence out like a court case in his listing of grievances and Preamble. Both had the direct intent of attempting to inspire action and move Colonists into action.
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