I feel really sick, so I sure hope a doctor will heal my illness
This Job isn't too bad!
You'll really print all of those papers?
Of course! For the Revoltuion
Thomas Paine was lucky to be alive, but he was still very ill. Unable to walk, he was carried ashore in a blanket. A local doctor agreed to nurse him back to health.
I figured out how to manipulate these colonists so they can see that England is our enemy!
With the help of Franklin's introduction, Paine soon landed a job as the editor of a new magazine.
Thanks Thomas Paine!
Eventually, however, 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.
To the Revolution!
Paine recognized that the main obstacle to independence among colonists was their continued loyalty to the king and crown. So he set out to demolish that loyalty.
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.
Although Paine's words were powerful, his ideas were not new. Many other colonial leaders, such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams, had expressed similar thoughts.