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  • Thomas Paine you should write a pamphlet about independence but don't use that word
  • Your right Benjamin I should write a pamphlet about independence and I wont use that word
  • I'm scared of Great Britain
  • This idea of independence is making me scared
  • I don't like the British and their rules
  • I finally finished my essay but i'm having a bit of trouble publishing it
  • Dr. Benjamin Rush encouraged Paine to write a pamphlet on independence, though he cautioned him not to use that word.
  • Thank you for letting me publish my pamphlet
  • Your welcome well print the copies right away
  • The idea of independence made many colonists uneasy. They might complain about British rule, but the prospect of separating from Great Britain scared them.
  • We have the same thoughts about what Thomas Paine published 
  • By December, Paine had finished his essay. But he had trouble getting it published. The subject of independence was just too hot for many publishers to handle.
  • The Rights of Man
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. He also wrote several books, including The Rights of Man. 
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