There are certain events, documents, and speeches that have an enormous impact on the public opinion and actions of citizens. While many colonists were unhappy with the treatment from their government across the ocean, there was a limited number of people willing to commit treason against their king and country to make change. Common Sense was a document that incited many people to join the revolutionary movement.
Published on January 10th, 1776, the Common Sense document quickly became both a best-selling pamphlet throughout the colonies and a call-to-arms for permanent separation with Great Britain. Paine's work not only summarized many of the arguments that Patriots had been proclaiming for years, but also convinced many colonists not to remain indifferent to this revolution.