On November 30, 1774, the ship London Packet arrived in the port of Philadelphia. On board 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.
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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. Later in October 1775, he began working on the essay he would call Common Sense.
We should stop being loyalists...
Paine found a publisher who agreed to print a thousand copies as a pamphlet. It was 46 pages long. The pamphlet did not have Paine's name on the cover, but simply said, “written by an Englishman.” On January 10, 1776, Common Sense appeared in bookstores.
They never get tired...
Paine had touched a nerve. The public was not as resistant to the idea of independence as he and others had feared. Paine's success lay in his ability to present separation as logical and reasonable, as a matter of common sense.
He linked the problems of life in the colonies to the evils of British rule and argued that Americans would be much better off on their own. “The birthday of a new world is at hand.” And in one stirring passage, he called on America to make itself the refuge of freedom
Nor did it cause colonial leaders to declare independence. Another six months would pass before the Declaration of Independence was issued. But Paine's work opened up the debate on separation from Great Britain. It helped many colonists see independence as a real possibility.