Persuading colonial america to revolt against britain in common sense by thomas paine

Thomas paine common sense summary

Through this, Americans began to see their distinct identity that does not emerge from Britain but from the greater Europe and the new culture and systems that accompany the distinction. I have heard some men say, many of whom I believe spoke without thinking, that they dreaded an independence, fearing that it would produce civil wars. He uses anger, the natural emotion of the mob, to let the most active groups find themselves in the general will of a republican citizenry. As society continues to grow, a government becomes necessary to prevent the natural evil Paine saw in man. Debts we have none: and whatever we may contract on this account will serve as a glorious memento of our virtue. It is repugnant to reason, to the universal order of things to all examples from former ages, to suppose, that this continent can longer remain subject to any external power. Who has replaced the moderate voice in public discourse? To say, they will never attempt it again is idle and visionary, we thought so at the repeal of the stamp act, yet a year or two undeceived us; as well may we suppose that nations, which have been once defeated, will never renew the quarrel.

To talk of friendship with those in whom our reason forbids us to have faith, and our affections wounded through a thousand pores instruct us to detest, is madness and folly. In no instance hath nature made the satellite larger than its primary planet, and as England and America, with respect to each other, reverses the common order of nature, it is evident they belong to different systems: England to Europe, America to itself.

What is the fate of a man of moderation, according to Griffitts?

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Each Congress to sit and to choose a president by the following method. The colonies have manifested such a spirit of good order and obedience to continental government, as is sufficient to make every reasonable person easy and happy on that head.

Thomas paine common sense quotes

From American newspapers come these seven brief statements of praise for Paine's call to arms. He presented his argument in four sections. In what ways did Paine shape his arguments to appeal to men? The general concurrence, the glorious union of all things, proves the fact. What was the tone of the example? The first printing sold out in two weeks and over , copies were sold throughout America and Europe. If we omit it now, some, Massanello may hereafter arise, who laying hold of popular disquietudes, may collect together the desperate and discontented, and by assuming to themselves the powers of government, may sweep away the liberties of the continent like a deluge. But Britain is the parent country, say some. To be always running three or four thousand miles with a tale or a petition, waiting four or five months for an answer, which when obtained requires five or six more to explain it in, will in a few years be looked upon as folly and childishness — There was a time when it was proper, and there is a proper time for it to cease.

Not one third of the inhabitants, even of this province, [Pennsylvania], are of English descent. Electing a president or passing a law would require three-fifths of the congress. His name did not become officially connected with the independence controversy until March 30,

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