Thomas Paine Common Sense - 5 Ws
Updated: 4/3/2019
Thomas Paine Common Sense - 5 Ws
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Common Sense by Thomas Paine

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Thomas Paine's political pamphlet Common Sense was an enormously impactful document of the Revolutionary Era. Because it was written and reasoned in a style that is easily understood, the pamphlet became wildly popular. It stoked the fires of revolution and provided intellectual ammunition to revolutionaries across the colonies.


Common Sense

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Thomas Paine's Common Sense - 5 Ws of Common Sense Activity

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  • Who Wrote Common Sense?
  • What was the impact of Common Sense?
  • To arms, men!
  • When Was Common Sense Published?
  • It written by the English-born political philosopher, Thomas Paine. Paine originally published it anonymously for fear of being charged with treason.
  • Common Sense
  • The work became a call to arms for many colonists, quickly becoming a best-selling publication. It motivated many to prepare for a conflict that shaped American history.
  • Common Sense was published in January of 1776. It was released during the American Revolution and became a strong source of motivation for many soldiers in the Continental Army.
  • Where was Common Sense Read?
  • The 5 Ws of Common Sense
  • Why was Common Sense Written?
  • The Common Sense pamphlet quickly made its way to all areas of colonial society, including the secretive meetings of the Sons of Liberty in taverns throughout Boston.
  • The main argument revolves around the need for the colonies to break off entirely from the British government. Common Sense stressed that independence was essential.