Thomas Paine comic strip

Thomas Paine comic strip

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  • You have a severe case of typhus others on board have it as well you can die if left untreated so be very cautious around others
  • Finally I am rid of typhus and off that ship, now I stand in one of the greatest cities in the world, Philadelphia.
  • Thank you for helping me get a writing profession here.
  • On board the English Packet was a 37-year-old Englishman named Thomas Paine. Paine was not even aware that he had landed in America. He was burning up with fever and was barely conscious. He had caught the deadly disease typhus, which had already killed several people on board.  
  • You should write about independence a hot button issue here in the colonies
  • Paine had arrived in the largest and most prosperous city in colonial America. Philadelphia was a bustling place of around 30,000 people and the third largest port in the British Empire. Set along the banks of the Delaware River, Philadelphia was the financial and cultural capital of the colonies. It was also a center of political activity. 
  • I would like to buy a copy of common sense
  • Do you carry common sense?
  • With the help of Franklin's introduction, Paine soon landed a job as the editor of a new magazine. He had already done some writing in England. But it was here that he discovered his true calling as a writer. Paine soon made his publication, Pennsylvania Magazine, the most widely read magazine in the colonies.
  • I agree!!
  • The colonists should unite against the power oppressing us. We all need a common goal for the future of the “We have it in our power to begin the world over again,”
  • Benjamin Rush encouraged Paine to write a pamphlet on independence, though he cautioned him not to use that word. The idea of independence made many colonists uneasy. They might complain about British rule, but the prospect of separating from Great Britain scared them. It did not scare Paine, though. In October 1775, he began working on the essay he would call Common Sense.
  • What happened next was astonishing. The first edition sold out in days. Paine had more copies printed, and those sold out, too. Within a few months, readers had bought more than 120,000 copies of Common Sense. By the end of the year, 25 editions had been printed. Hundreds of thousands of copies were in circulation throughout the colonies. 
  • Paine argued that the colonists should unite around a common goal, to create a self-governing nation based on principles of liberty. “We have it in our power to begin the world over again,” he wrote. “The birthday of a new world is at hand.” And in one stirring passage, he called on America to make itself the refuge of freed
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