Common Sense By Thomas Paine Essay

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Common Sense was written by Thomas Paine in (1775-1776.) It inspired people in the Thirteen Colonies to declare and fight for independence from Great Britain in the summer of 1776. It explained the advantages of and the need for immediate independence. It was published anonymously on January 10, 1776, at the beginning of the American Revolution and became an immediate awareness. It was sold and distributed widely and read aloud at taverns and meeting places. Washington had it read to all his troops, which at the time had surrounded the British army in Boston. Common Sense presented the American colonists with an argument for freedom from British rule at a time when the question of whether or not to seek independence was the central issue of the day. Thomas Paine wrote in a style that common people understood. Thomas Paine structured Common Sense as if it were a sermon, and relied on Biblical references to make his case to the people. His pamphlet was read at countless town meetings and gatherings even to those who could not read. His name did not become officially connected with the independence controversy until March 30, 1776.
In this scholarly essay David C. Hoffman suggests that Thomas Paine rhetorical leadership was implemented by using the term “prejudice” to frame negative perceptions of American Independence; and positive perceptions of the British constitution as being distorted by the force of custom and habit. His thesis statement stated that he will discuss one…

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