John Dickinson 's Common Sense Essay

1447 Words Oct 26th, 2015 null Page
“We are but parts of a whole, and therefore there must exist a power somewhere to preside, and preserve the connexion due order. This power is lodged in the Parliament; and we are as much dependent on Great Britain as a perfectly free people can be on another” (Dickinson). John Dickinson was a patriot until 1776, when he started to question if the colonists really needed to break away from England. He supported colonial rights, but did not support independence from Britain. Dickinson was one out of many that did not want to separate from England in the 1760s and 1770s. Independence was avoidable during this time period because many colonists did not want to separate from England. However, because of the long distance, the fact that the Americans didn 't need protection anymore, and patterns in history, the revolution was going to happen eventually.
The distance between the colonies and England was over 3000 miles. Thomas Paine, the author of Common Sense, which was an inspiring book during this time period, argued that- “small islands not capable of protecting themselves, are the proper objects for kingdoms to take under their care; but there is something very absurd, in supposing a continent to be perpetually governed by an island.” The Atlantic Ocean that separated the colonies and England was a threatening obstacle for a small country trying to control a much larger region.
The long distance made the communication between the colonies and England slow and ineffective.…

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