Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Thomas Paine was a good man because he had "Common Sense"

In 1776 Thomas Paine wrote a pamphlet called "Common Sense" that made the case for an independent republic. These words written by Thomas Paine can be the single reason why America is now the greatest country in the world. This pamphlet was first written anonymously on January 10th right before the Start of the American Revolution against the British. Now you may wonder why he wrote this 45 page pamphlet anonymously. My feelings are that he could have been punished or killed for his thoughts and or ideas. Free speech was firmly looked down upon and was looked at from the people of power as treason. Before “Common Sense” the people of the colonies were starting to have that itch or urge to revolt against the British Regime but like anything those were only thoughts until Thomas Paine. His letter was the spark that to united the people of the colonies. Paine’s arguments included that “it was ridiculous for an island to rule a continent and that America was not a British nation, it was composed of influences and peoples from all of Europe. “ I like this one the best…” Even if Britain was “the mother country of America that made her actions all the more horrendous, for no mother would harm her children so brutally.” That is so true because Britain taxed everything and did not allow any growth for the colonies. A mother is supposed to help guide its youth and help expand its horizons in a positive way.
After reading about this amazing time in history I found this little information to be quite interesting and intriguing. For instance, the Pamphlet sold over 500 000 copies and went through twenty –five editions in only its first year. Also, Thomas Paine donated the profits to General Washington Continental Army , saying “ As my wish was to serve an oppressed people, and assist in a just and god cause, I conceived that the honor of it would be promoted by my declining to make even the usual profits of an author.”


At 10:46 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post on an important event in American media and political history. Common Sense was the most important propaganda pamphlet of the Revolution. The mass circulation of documents like this helped to unite the revolutionary coalition that won the war.


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