Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine
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  • Hey there 
  • you should make a pamphlet on independence!
  • Im very uneasy about this whole independence thing
  • What are your thoughts on independence?
  • will you publish this for me?
  • Nah, im good 
  • Dr.Benjamin Rush encouraged Paine to write a pamphlet on independence, though he cautioned him not to use that word.
  • will you publish my pamphlet?
  • sure and i´ll make 1000 copies
  • The idea of independence made many colonists uneasy. They might complain about British rule, but the prospect of separating from Great Britain scared them. 
  • Dont you just love this pamphlet?  
  • Yes! and his first edition sold out in days!
  • By December, Paine had finished his essay. But he had trouble getting it published. 
  • Did you read the pamphlet?
  • yeah its great!
  • Eventually, however, Paine found a publisher who agreed to print a thousand copies as a pamphlet. 
  • 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.
  • Hundreds of thousands of copies were in circulation throughout the colonies. It is estimated that as many as half of all colonial citizens had either read the pamphlet or had it read to them.
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