Common Sense By Thomas Paine Essay

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Originally published on January 10th 1776, Common Sense was a pamphlet written by author Thomas Pain encouraging independence from England to citizens of the American Colonies. Originally it was published anonymously as Thomas Pain feared that he might be prosecuted for speaking out against Great Britain. However, it instantly became a hit throughout the colonies being sold and distributed widely throughout the thirteen colonies. Americans read quotes allowed at public places such as bars and town squares to be heard as a cry to separate from Great Britain. Common Sense laid the groundwork, as it presented the reasons for independence in layman’s terms so that the average not well educated American at the time could understand the political reasons for independence. In this paper I will discus some of these points along with why Common Sense was so influential in American history. Thomas Paine starts Common Sense by differentiating between society and society. Pain states that society is everything productive and upright that citizens work together to accomplish. On the other hand, government is an establishment in which its only purpose is to defend us from our own depravities. Government has its roots in the evil of man and is consequently a necessary evil at best. Stating the government’s only purpose, Paine says that its purpose is to protect life, liberty and property, and that a government should only be judged on the foundation of the level to which that goal is…

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