Thomas Paine's Common Sense influenced America's independence from Britain

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Thomas Paine wrote Right of Man in 1791, which was a guide to the Enlightenment ideas. In 1973, his book The Age of Reason, argued against Christian doctrines. Paine has a claim to the title The Father of the American Revolution due to Common Sense, originally titled Plain Truth, which was the pro-independence monograph pamphlet he anonymously published on January 10, 1776. This rapidly spread and it was the best-selling work in eighteenth-century America. It made complicated ideas understandable to common readers, with the use of clear writing in the pamphlet. He argued that the colonies should seek full independence from Britain due to Britain’s unequal power. It was one of the main reasons that caused the colonies’ decision to enter a …show more content…
Paine was fired for publishing an article arguing that raising tax-collectors’ salaries would reduce corruption in 1772. Thomas Paine eventually met Benjamin Franklin which was the turning point of his life. Benjamin Franklin eventually convinced Paine to move to America at the age of thirty-seven (Thomas Paine, Common Sense).
The plain language used by Paine spoke to the average people of America and was the first published record directly asking for independence from Great Britain. There were many key points Paine was trying to express to the average people. The most important of them include the sole purpose of the government, the notions of monarchy and hereditary succession, as well as the reasons for America’s independence. Paine used Common Sense as a great tool to let the commoners and less educated to gain some insight on the role and purpose of government. Firstly, Paine compares government to society. Paine states: “Society is everything constructive and good that people join together to accomplish. Government, on the other hand, is an institution whose sole purpose is to protect us from our own vices. Government has its origins in the evil of man and is therefore a necessary evil at best.” He continues to say that “government's sole purpose is to protect life, liberty and property, and that a government should be judged solely on the basis of the effort to which it accomplishes this goal.” Basically, Paine is stating to the

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