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Thomas Paine

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Thomas Paine


He was born in England in 1737.
He had very little formal education.
He died in 1809 in New York.
He had a lonely and difficult life as shortly after marrying; his wife and son died during his birth.


Common Sense
The article "Common Sense" is an informative and persuasive pamphlet, written by Thomas Paine. The intended audience of "Common Sense" was the people of early America. With this pamphlet came a threat to the English, because it persuaded many to break away and boycott the English ruling.
Paine's Purpose
Thomas Paine was attempting to tell the middle class or the average person about England's ways and the impact they were having on their everyday lives. Paine wanted the common people to break away from England and not be apart of their system anymore. Paine gave several reasons such as the tax that England enforced.
How Paine felt
"Whether the independence of the continent was declared to soon, or delayed too long, I will now enter into as an argument; my own simple opinion, is that had it been 8 months earlier it would have been a much better month. We did not make a proper use of the last month , neither could we, while we're in a dependent state."(pg 108)Thomas Paine was saying that the economy would be better off after we declared our independence. He believes America needed to get out of Britain's control to grow as a country.
Thomas Paine did not like how England's government operated . He believed that religion should not in any way be controlled by the government, and wanted a separation between church and state. He felt that the it was not the government's place to control what the people believed in and how they chose to live their lives.
Paine's Goal
He wrote pamphlets with the American people as his intended audience. These pamphlets were meant to advocate American independence and give the reader the belief that their voices mattered and they they were fighting for a cause that would benefit all.
Facts and Statistics
Thomas Paine was born in England in the early 1700's, he was one of the most persuasive writers of the American Revolution. He was the author of "Common Sense" and many other pieces of literature that made him a true American patriot.
The main idea
The main idea of Thomas Paines "common sense" is trying to persuade the common people that Britain is no longer needed and does not need to be involved with America. Paine is trying to get the point across that the people shouldn't be taxed or held down by Britain. Paine says "There are cases that can't be overdone by language and this is one of them." Paine is saying that we are not going to break free by writing to the British and that we need to stand up and fight back to take control.
His main complaint
Paine's conflicting party
Paine had a lot to deal with when it came to the loyalists. Those who were still loyal to the British crown. They opposed his views and believed he should have been imprisoned for his views which they believed were far too bold to be published.
Who was Thomas Paine?
Works Cited
Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2015.

"Thomas Paine." History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 29 Apr. 2015.
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