Analysis Of Thomas Paine's An American Crisis

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In Thomas Paine's "An American Crisis", he is responding to Great Britain's attempts to restrict colonial activity, mainly the taxes imposed on the colonies from 1764-1767, beginning with the Sugar Act. His pamphlet expressed his discontent with the British Parliament, whom he felt were exploiting the colonies, and urged Americans to fight for independence. One of the things Americans were mostly angered by was the lack of representation in passing bills and acts, such as the Sugar Act of 1764 and the Townshed Act passed in 1767. Paine saw this as an abuse of power and felt as if the relationship between the colonies and Great Britain was borderlining slavery, which he stated that "for so unlimited a power can belong only to God". Peaceful

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