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Common Sense

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Transcript of Common Sense

Common Sense
Thomas Paine

By: Yudeysi Ruiz
Ryan Crowley
Leticia David de Lima

" I offer nothing more than
simple facts, plain arguments,
and common sense. "



Thomas enrolled at Thetford Grammar School. Where he studied until 1749.

At the age of thirteen Paine became a corset maker working with his father.
-He later started his own corset business

In 1772 he worked as an excisemen (a government employee who taxed goods).
-first pamphlet was written

largely unsuccessful in everything he pursued at this point in his life

Paine was an Atheist (didn't believe in God's existence)
Paine was an 18th Century influential writer.

Paine's most influential piece, brought his ideas to a vast audience, swaying (the otherwise undecided) public opinion to the view that independence from the British was a necessity.

He wrote many influential pieces including:
- The Crisis ("These are the times that try men's souls")

- Age of Reason (“Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself - that is my doctrine.”)

- Rights of man (“...taxes are not raised to carry on
wars, but that wars are raised to carry on taxes”)


In 1774 Paine was fired from the excise office.

He then met Benjamin Franklin who was in london at
the time.

Benjamin was so impressed by Paine that he convinced
Paine to move to the colonies.

Paine arrived at Philadelphia in Nov. 30, 1774.

Paine gets hired as executive editor of
Pennsylvania Magazine


An argument for Independence
Tension Between Britain and the colonies
rising every day Paine began writing Common Sense
Viewed by many as the single most influential piece of Literature of the time it is a very powerful persuasion for independence
Battle of Bunker Hill
The colonists failed to prevail at Bunker Hill, but inflicted heavy casualties on a vastly superior military force.
Battle in Lexington-Concord
armed Massachusetts militiamen stand face to face on Lexington Green with the British advance guard.
printed on January 10, 1776 Common Sense attacked England and her treatment of the colonies

Cultural/Historical Issues
1754-1763 The French and Indian War

Boston Tea Party- Rebellion from the colonists against taxes on tea.
- As a result England shut-down Boston Harbor

1774 - Intolerable Acts
These were passed in response to the Boston Tea Party and placed
restrictions on the colonists including outlawing town meetings

1775- Shots were fired on Lexington Green, starting the Battle of Lexington and Concord.

Battle of Bunker Hill
Performance/and presentation of the work
Pamphlet is divided into 4 sections:

I. Of the Origin and Design of Government in general, with concise Remarks on the English Constitution

II. Of Monarchy and Hereditary Succession

III. Thoughts on the Present State of American Affairs

IV. On the Present Ability of America, with some Miscellaneous Reflections

Paine developed his ideas into a forty-eight page pamphlet. He published Common Sense anonymously because of its treasonable content

Common Sense is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1775–76 that inspired people in the Thirteen Colonies to declare and fight for Independence from Great Britain
Born 29 January 1737 Thetford, England.

Died June 8, 1809, New York City, NY
Sometime in 1776 Paine served as a volunteer, personal assistant to general Nathanael Green, traveling with the Continental Army
biography
The End.
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