The Patriot And Thomas Paine's Common Sense

In 1775, the Olive Branch Petition was written by the Second Continental Congress, in attempt to stay loyal to the King, but for him to end the violence. They were talking on behalf of the Loyalists, and the Patriots, were not interested in this petition. The Patriots wanted to separation from Britain. In 1776, Thomas Paine wrote Common sense, written on behalf of all the colonists. He wrote about the need of democratic electives and independence. He wanted all to know that the King was not fully dedicated towards the welfare of the Americans, he just wanted land and power. Thomas wrote in the benefit of the colonists, but the petition was written for independence under Britain. These two documents were caught in attention by colonists, and …show more content…
This pamphlet was published and sold more than 120,000 copies. Common Sense presented two main points: independence from England, and the creation of a democratic republic (Common Sense Pamphlet). In his pamphlet he talks about how reconciliation is not worth it, and he uses an example to persuade society that he is right as he says, “To say, they will never attempt it again is idle and visionary, we thought so at the repeal of the stamp-act, yet a year or two undeceived us…”(Common Sense). He wrote that, just like the Stamp Act, once they will reconcile, the King will put more wars and taxes on the colonies. The only way out of that stage is to be independent and not have to deal with being deceived again. He writes on how the government is evil and ruined the societies. British has not been fair with them through the taxes they brought up frequently, and if they come under control again then they will have to pay more taxes. This made the people agree with him, because he was so right about the Stamp Act issue and of the taxes. This document made people want a revolution because they did not want to deal with the government and its policies. On the other hand, this document was more of a rant then action. It did not contain any information on how to plan out a method of independence. It only stated the evidence to …show more content…
The violence and taxes was too much for them, and it was time where they said enough is enough. From the Common Sense pamphlet, the colonists figured out why independence was necessary, and that the King did not care for the welfare of the Americans. Paine 's pamphlet caused the colonists to unite and stand up for each other as a nation. They wanted to be self governed and wanted their own democracy. After all, if the King read the Olive branch petition, maybe the Loyalist still would have stayed loyal to him, making the Common Sense pamphlet useless, but since it did not happen, America was now in a revolution for

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