Paine And Jefferson : Similarities, Differences, And Their Influences

1306 Words Nov 8th, 2015 6 Pages
Sohaib Aslam
US History 1
Professor Friedman
11 October 2015
Paine and Jefferson: Similarities, Differences, and their Influences
A poet once said, “Unity is strength... when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” There are two documents in American History that truly made America what it is today. Common Sense by Thomas Paine was inspiring to many American colonists as it was persuasive in showing how the colonists should have their own independence. Paine appealed the average citizen’s rationale, hence the title Common Sense. Paine’s pamphlet illustrates the importance of independence, and argues that colonial life under British rule was detrimental to America’s potential to become prosperous. In a fairly lengthy, but readable style, Paine discusses the differences between democracies and monarchies, specifically Great Britain’s. Paine shows how monarchy creates large disparities between the Kings and Queens and the average citizens, and the citizens have no voice in who becomes their ruler. By contrast, he believes that a government under democratic rule elects leaders based on the demand of the people. Much shorter, but just as equally influential, The Declaration of Independence was a famous document that was authored primarily by Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson mentions how the colonies should be considered as equals with their English counterparts and why it is important for man to have freedom. Paine and Jefferson both want Americans to…

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