Thomas Paine's Common Sense

Thomas Paine's Common Sense

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  • I don´t feel so well.
  • That´s a great idea.
  • Write a pamphlet but do not put independence in it.  It will make the colonists uneasy.
  • I don´t think that is a good idea.
  • Me neither.
  • Lets think of something else.
  • On November 30, 1774, the ship London Packet arrived in the port of Philadelphia. On board was a 37-year-old Englishman named Thomas Paine.
  • Thanks a lot.
  • I will publish this for you.
  • Benjamin Rush encouraged Paine to write a pamphlet on independence, though he cautioned him not to use that word. 
  • We should unite together so we can be self-governed.
  • The idea of independence made many colonists uneasy. They might complain about British rule, but the prospect of separating from Great Britain scared them. 
  • Horay!!!
  • We are finally independent.
  • 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.”
  • Paine argued that the colonists should unite around a common goal, to create a self-governing nation based on principles of liberty.
  • 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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