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.
Rush doesn't scare me.
At first, Paine wrote articles mainly about cultural and scientific subjects. But he soon moved on to political topics.
Everyone has a copy of Common Sense.
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
It did not scare Paine, though. In October 1775, he began working on the essay he would call Common Sense.
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.
Paine's ideas on rights and liberty also had an influence on other countries, particularly France. In fact, Paine later moved to France to play a role in the French Revolution.