Common Sense By Thomas Paine: An Argument For American Independence

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In Philadelphia 1776, Thomas Paine published a pamphlet titled Common Sense. The pamphlet is an argument for American independence. It starts with more broad, hypothetical reflections about government and religion, at that point it advances onto specifics of the colonial situation. According to Paine the colonies have little to gain from remaining attached to Britain. Paine believed America would've flourished the same or more had she not been ruled by European power. (98). For instance, Britain was only concerned about protection when it benefited on their account. America was forced to fight in Britain's wars, creating new unnecessary enemies. When war comes around America's trade is punished because of the connection with Britain.

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