Essay on Thomas Paine And The American Revolution

1540 Words Nov 15th, 2016 7 Pages
The American Revolution was the beginning of the country as we know it. The United Sates at one time was not united and it was not free. The war that was waged gave the United States its’ freedom from Great Britain, and showed the world that Americans could do anything that they set their mind to. Though, just like any struggle for freedom, there had to be people willing to fight in it, and there had to be a reason to put their lives on the line. Thomas Paine’s pamphlet, Common Sense, ignited a burning desire for freedom in colonists’ hearts with its brilliant use of rhetoric to inspire a nation of oppressed people. With the American Colonies in a state of unrest, Thomas Paine released a pamphlet called, Common Sense, on January 10th, 1776. The American colonies were still under British rule, but many people were unsure of how they wanted their futures to go. Although some wanted to keep the peace with the British Parliament, Thomas Paine disagreed strongly. Instead, Paine laid out a scenario in which America simply declare its’ independence from Great Britain. Paine became a best-selling author, and Common Sense was reprinted fifty-three times in the next year (Mahaffey 488). According to Loughran, “It also reifies, through the trope of this one pamphlet’s ubiquitous dissemination, our mythical national conception of the Revolution and of founding itself as a text-driven phenomenon” (5). This pamphlet was so popular and so inspiring that a year in which the Declaration of…

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