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.