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  • Hey! That doesn't sound like a bad idea!
  • Hey there Paine, you know i really think you should try and get a book about independence out there. But! Try not to use the word independence in it.
  • Hey have you heard that there is some guy that is trying to make a book about independence. It kind of makes me feel weird that someone is trying to get word out about that.
  • Yeah i am getting the same feeling about it
  • Thank you again for publishing that book. It has helped me so much.
  • This book is selling out everywhere they have it. It's incredible!
  • Dr. Benjamin Rush encouraged Paine to write a pamphlet on independence, though he cautioned him not to use that word.
  • Maybe all of us should depart from Britain!
  • I mean the book had full meaning of all colonists to do so. So maybe we should.
  • The idea of independence made many colonists uneasy. They might complain about British rule, but the prospect of separating from Great Britain scared them.
  • Maybe is should go off of what Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and john adams has said in the past and make a book out of it
  • What happened next was astonishing. The first edition sold out in days. Paine had more copies printed, and those sold out, too.
  • Yes! I have helped many people see that independence between England and Britain could actually happen!
  •  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.
  • 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. But Paine was able to put those ideas together in a single, compelling argument that spoke to a mass audience.
  • 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.
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