A New Dream By Thomas Paine Essay

1808 Words Nov 24th, 2015 8 Pages
In the mid-to-late 1700s, the foremost time period in the construction of a new dream, the idea of America inspired many young people, near and far, to join the coalition in severing the ties between the Thirteen Colonies and Great Britain. A number of the dreamers’ names are already forgotten; however, some are still known today to have a prominent role in the formation of what was to become the most powerful nation the world. Thomas Paine, most known for his controversial work Common Sense, is considered to be a key figure in persuading the colonists to fight the tyrannical powers of Great Britain; more so that he is one of the United States’ Founding Fathers. His personal inspirations range from his religious and humanitarian beliefs to his love of argument. Paine’s character and motivations are effectively displayed in his works, but like any other outspoken person, Paine was no stranger harsh criticism of his opponents. Born on January 29, 1737, Thomas Paine was born in the midst of British-American conflicts. Though he was not raised in the Colonies, Paine was no stranger to issues that persisted as he was growing up. He was born a member of the Church of England; nevertheless, he attended Quaker meetings as a child. These meetings are thought to have had a greater influence on him than any other encounters that he endured. Fueled by this newfound Quakerism, he formed a political opposition of Britain at a fairly young age. According to RR Palmer, it was “probably…

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