Thomas Paine And Thomas Paine's Common Sense

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In early America, terms such as liberty, freedom, and independence were used frequently to describe the wishes of the people from the oppression of the British government. A group of voices were needed to proclaim the distaste and aggravation of the colonial public towards the British government. However, to speak against the elite powers of Great Britain was a bold task and many felt to be submissive was the safer course of action. Undoubtedly, not every individual felt that submission was the best course for obtaining freedom. The two writers that expressed a tremendous amount of pride and called people of early America to take action were Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson. Paine wrote an aggressive article that changed the overall attitude …show more content…
The article also stated that people needed to take action and not overlook the situation with Great Britain. Paine passionately explained his discord with the tyrannical nature of the English government and suggested that violent action might be the only course on the path to liberty. “Volumes have been written on the subject of the struggle between England and America. Men of all ranks have embarked in the controversy, from different motives, and with various designs; but all have been ineffectual, and the period of debate is closed. Arms as the last resource decide the contest; the appeal was the choice of the King, and the Continent has accepted the challenge.” (Paine …show more content…
The work that defined Jefferson’s life and showed a great example of leadership was the Declaration of Independence. Jefferson was one of five drafters that constructed the Declaration of Independence. In Jefferson 's version of the document, he went to great lengths in explaining not only his discord with Great Britain’s government, but King George himself. King George was the tyrannical leader that imposed most of the heavy taxes on the colonists. Jefferson went to lengths to describe the foul nature of their past oppressor by saying, “He has incited treasonable insurrections of our fellow citizens, with the allurements of forfeiture and confiscation of our property”. (Jefferson

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