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Thomas Paine's Common Sense and the Declaration of Independence are both works calling for independence and unity among the American people, and they were precursors to true separation from the...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2019, 6:21 pm (UTC)

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The pamphlet, Common Sense, was written in 1776 during the events leading to the American Revolutionary War. This document was very important because it helped sway people into supporting those...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2017, 2:03 am (UTC)

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Although he was born in England, Thomas Paine was a staunch anti-monarchist by the time the American Revolution was underway. Unlike many other revolutionaries who at first had hoped for...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2018, 3:12 pm (UTC)

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Thomas Paine was an ardent revolutionary who hated the British monarchy. When the revolution was won and the Treaty of Paris signed, he wanted a government that was as far from a King as possible,...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2010, 9:31 pm (UTC)

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Paine writes this in the Introduction to Common Sense. He means that because the English crown has so long abused its power, the American colonists have grown accustomed to these wrongs and regard...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2018, 2:53 am (UTC)

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First, Thomas Paine argued that the American colonies should free themselves from Great Britain and create their own nation. Second, Paine supported this argument by saying that republicanism—self...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2019, 1:28 pm (UTC)

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Paine's most important argument in Common Sense is that now is the time to make the break from Great Britain. To do this, Paine makes two moves. First, he argues forcefully that the colonists'...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2019, 12:37 am (UTC)

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Common Sense is Thomas Paine's argument for the United States's becoming independent from the British Empire. He feels it is the most logical course of action for a variety of reasons. Firstly,...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019, 3:29 pm (UTC)

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While most of the colonists at the time of Panie's writing were British, there was a strong minority who came from other places in Europe such as France and what would become Germany. Paine was...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2019, 3:02 pm (UTC)

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In Common Sense (published in January of 1776), Thomas Paine argues that Britain has done material harm to the colonies, and he points to Boston as an example, writing, "The inhabitants of that...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2018, 1:46 pm (UTC)

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In this paragraph, Paine begins by claiming that these "men of passive tempers" hope for reconciliation with Great Britain out of a misguided faith in mankind and the historic ties between the...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2017, 3:48 pm (UTC)

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Thomas Paine’s Common Sense was first published in January 1776, amid the American Revolution. It was inspired by the American colonies’ rebellion against taxation—which turned into a struggle for...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2018, 5:40 pm (UTC)

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Common Sense was written as a means to encourage American independence. When Paine asks rhetorical questions, he is not really asking questions that have no answers. He is trying to inspire his...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2015, 2:06 pm (UTC)

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There are two audiences for this passage. First, Paine is writing it for people who are undecided about which side (if any) to take in the Revolutionary War. He is trying to persuade them to come...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2012, 4:02 pm (UTC)

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Thomas Paine, author of the pamphlet Common Sense, became the voice of democracy and freedom during the Amerian Revoloution. Common sense was a very popular pamphlet written during the American...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2012, 7:11 pm (UTC)

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Thomas Paine was a noteworthy patriot of the revolutionary period of American history. His famous pamphlet, titled Common Sense, can be summarized as a challenge to the rule of the British...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2020, 8:50 pm (UTC)

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First, Paine argues that the colonies have strength in unity, which, frankly, he may have overstated, particularly in the southern colonies. Nevertheless, he argues that the Americans had enough...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2012, 11:28 am (UTC)

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If independent, America could better pursue free trade with all European nations, Paine says, which is an important American interest. Paine argues that being a British colony pulls America into...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2020, 3:27 am (UTC)

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In Common Sense Paine's principal arguments for independence stem from two basic ideas, in my view. The first involves the English constitution and the system of government of Great Britain. The...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2018, 3:32 am (UTC)

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In his enormously influential treatise "Common Sense," Thomas Paine laid out his rationale for the revolutionary movement that would more formally commence seven months later with the Declaration...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2017, 7:52 pm (UTC)

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The most obvious comparison is that the Declaration and Common Sense have the same core message, namely that the American colonies, in the words of the Declaration, "are, and of right ought to be,...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2015, 3:49 am (UTC)

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Paine notes in his introduction that ideas that at first seem radical (unfashionable) come to be adopted over time, argues that the king of England has abused his power over the colonies, states...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2020, 11:28 pm (UTC)

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In order to understand this passage, you need to understand the meanings of three words. These words are “divest,” “prejudice,” and “prepossession.” To divest yourself of something is to get rid...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2015, 4:32 pm (UTC)

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Near the end of the appendix to Common Sense, Paine implies that the pacifism of Quakers makes them passively subject to any style of government that is put into place over them. Because Paine's...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2018, 12:54 pm (UTC)

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This phrase is referring to two things. It refers to King George III of England and it refers to the pharaoh in the Bible who refused to let the people of Israel leave slavery in Egypt. In the...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2012, 11:20 pm (UTC)

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Early in his essay, Thomas Paine makes explicit his purpose in writing Common Sense. To examine that connexion and dependance, on the principles of nature and common sense, to see what we have to...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2018, 6:25 pm (UTC)

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Thomas Paine wants a government that embraces liberty for Americans. In Common Sense, Paine talks about the injustices caused by a monarch and how it undermines people. He hopes that America, which...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2019, 7:24 pm (UTC)

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Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense in 1776. By that point, the American Revolution had already started. Paine saw British abuses as being intolerable. Britain had denied the colonists the self-rule...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2019, 10:55 pm (UTC)

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One of Paine's big reasons for advocating American independence was that he felt monarchy was not a good form of government. He has very harsh words for the British king George III in particular,...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2019, 7:13 pm (UTC)

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Access to equal rights under the law has been expanded exponentially since Thomas Paine first published his polemic in 1776. Slavery has been abolished, Native Americans have been granted...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2020, 1:03 am (UTC)

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A “theme” is simply a main argument or central idea. Many written works have more than one theme. Themes help to give order or structure to a piece of writing. The “themes” of a work are the main...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2011, 1:17 am (UTC)

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Thomas Paine’s Common Sense pamphlet did spark a fire beneath the colonists to revolt against the British and fight for their independence. When answering this question, you want to consider the...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2020, 12:47 am (UTC)

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Thomas Paine's Common Sense was quite the hit upon its initial publication in 1775. It sold very well and was widely discussed among the American populace. People often read Common Sense out loud...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2019, 12:07 pm (UTC)

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The ideas of Common Sense can be found throughout the Declaration of Independence. Remember, of course, that Common Sense was in effect a call for a declaration of independence. Paine argued, among...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2016, 3:41 pm (UTC)

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Published in 1776, Common Sense had a twofold purpose. Thomas Paine wished to state the reasons that the North American colonies should be separated from Great Britain, but also to lay out, in...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2020, 5:07 am (UTC)

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Thomas Paine was a radical thinker for his eighteenth-century time period and argues forcefully for the same ideas in both Common Sense and The Rights of Man. He argues, for example, in favor of...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2021, 1:53 pm (UTC)

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The goals of Common Sense were to promote immediate American independence from Great Britain and to argue for the establishment of a democratic republic, completely severing ties with monarchy and...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2021, 3:20 am (UTC)

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When Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence, he was expressing some of the Enlightenment ideals earlier expressed by John Locke. Both men rejected the idea that kings are able to...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2020, 9:56 pm (UTC)

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On January 10, 1776, editions of the pamphlet of Common Sense, written by Thomas Paine, first appeared in a publication. Pamphlets were popular short books or unbound booklets that were quickly...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2020, 12:00 pm (UTC)

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Common Sense articulated in clear, lucid prose the reasons why the colonies ought to declare independence from Great Britain. Published in early 1776, Common Sense was written at a time when an...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2015, 4:18 am (UTC)

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Thomas Paine's writings are, taken as a whole, an iconic expression of not only the specific arguments in favor of American independence and democracy, but of the key elements of Enlightenment...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2020, 9:59 pm (UTC)

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After rejecting outright the idea that the British mixed constitution "the so-much boasted constitution," was a valid form of government for the colonies, and that the Americans should declare...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2012, 9:56 am (UTC)

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Though it is true that much of Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" lays out an argument for why the American colonies need to break from Britain's control, he does make some philosophical arguments about...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2020, 1:39 pm (UTC)

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There are at least two important reasons why this will be the case. First, America is a country that is well-placed for trade. Becoming independent will only help this. As a colony, America...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2012, 1:16 am (UTC)

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As Paine acknowledges in his introduction to Common Sense, he was not certain that the majority of his readers would agree that it was time for the American colonies to separate from Britain. He...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2019, 11:19 pm (UTC)

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Thomas Paine's Common Sense was published on 10th January 1776 and clearly influenced the rhetoric and thought of the Declaration of Independence, setting out a similar argument for an American...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2020, 11:09 pm (UTC)

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First, on the most fundamental level, Thomas Paine viewed the American Revolution as a total and permanent break between the American colonies and Great Britain. Paine wrote at a time when this was...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2019, 4:12 am (UTC)

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There were many reasons to reject Common Sense in 1776. First, the war was going very badly for the American colonists and it appeared to be only a matter of time before Washington's army either...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2019, 1:56 am (UTC)

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