What did Thomas Paine’s "Common Sense" influence the founding fathers to do?

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In early 1776, Thomas Paine, a recent English immigrant living in Philadelphia and working as a journalist, anonymously published a pamphlet called “Common Sense.” In it, he argued that the American colonies should declare their independence from Great Britain, whose system of government (based on the monarchy and Parliament) Paine saw as hopelessly flawed.

“Common Sense” became an instant bestseller in the American...

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