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Posted October 20, 2012 at 9:44 PM via web

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What are the similarities in theme between the Declaration of Independence and "Common Sense"?

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jpope1 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted October 20, 2012 at 10:09 PM (Answer #1)

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Thomas Paine wrote "Common Sense" in January of 1776 as a rallying cry to convince colonists to break from Great Britain. The Declaration of Independence was written by Thomas Jefferson in July of 1776, in the middle of the Revolutionary War.

Both the Declaration of Independence and the pamphlet "Common Sense" discuss independence from Great Britain. Both enumerate the offenses that Britain had committed against the North American colonies, including over-taxation and suppressing colonial interests in Parliament. 

Both documents discuss the colonies' self-interest in breaking from Great Britain. Paine stated in "Common Sense" that he knows "not a single advantage this continent can reap" by British rule. Likewise, Thomas Jefferson noted in the Declaration that a new form of government would be more conducive to colonists' "safety and happiness." 

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