He was able to write strong arguments as to why monarchy should be overthrown and why the people should support the fight for independence. It was a strongly worded call for independence from great Britain. Paine opposed monarchy and called King George a Pharaoh. He used this philosophy to explain why monarchy is a bad government and what the colonist's rights are.
Despite all the recent hardships, the majority of colonists since birth were reared to believe that England was to be loved and its monarch revered. Fear was another factor.
Any student of history was familiar with the harsh manner the British employed on Irish rebels. A revolution could bring mob rule, and no one, not even the potential mob, wanted that. Furthermore, despite taxes, times were good. Arguments can be made that average American was more prosperous than the average Briton.
Yet there were the terrible injustices the colonists could not forget. Americans were divided against themselves.
Arguments for independence were growing. Thomas Paine would provide the extra push. Common Sense Common Sense was an instant best-seller. Published in January in Philadelphia, nearlycopies were in circulation by April. Paine's brilliant arguments were straightforward. He argued for two main points: Paine avoided flowery prose.
He wrote in the language of the people, often quoting the Bible in his arguments.
Most people in America had a working knowledge of the Bible, so his arguments rang true. Paine was not religious, but he knew his readers were.
Even patriot leaders like Thomas Jefferson and John Adams condemned Paine as an extremist on the issue of a post-independence government. Still, Common Sense grew the patriot cause.
It made no difference to the readers that Paine was a new arrival to America. Published anonymously, many readers attributed it to John Adams, who denied involvement. In the end, his prose was common sense. Why should tiny England rule the vastness of a continent?
How can colonists expect to gain foreign support while still professing loyalty to the British king? How much longer can Americans stand for the repeated abuses of the Crown?
All these questions led many readers to one answer as the summer of drew near.Thomas Paine was born in Thetford, England, in , to a Quaker father and an Anglican mother. Paine received little formal education, but did learn to read, write and perform arithmetic.
At the age of 13, he began working with his father as stay maker (the thick rope stays used on sailing ships) in Thetford, a shipbuilding timberdesignmag.com: Jan 29, Thomas Paine was born in Thetford, England, in , to a Quaker father and an Anglican mother.
Paine received little formal education, but did learn to read, write and perform timberdesignmag.com: Jan 29, Although Morris did much to restore his reputation in and , the credit for obtaining these critical loans to "organize" the Bank of North America for approval by Congress in December should go to Henry or John Laurens and Thomas Paine more than to Robert Morris.
Thomas Paine, (born January 29, , Thetford, Norfolk, England—died June 8, , New York, New York, U.S.), English-American writer and political pamphleteer whose Common Sense pamphlet and Crisis papers were important influences on the American Revolution.
The enlightenment produced John Adams, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin & Thomas Jefferson & I'm sure many others who compiled their collective knowledge into Thomas Paine which produced Common Sense.
It was the most influential pamphlet persuading the people in America to support Independence at all costs for their liberty. Common Sense is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in –76 advocating independence from Great Britain to people in the Thirteen Colonies.
Written in clear and persuasive prose, Paine marshaled moral and political arguments to encourage common people in the Colonies to fight for egalitarian government.