Differences Between Jefferson And Thomas Paine

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It is always ordinary people who make revolutions happen. Inspired by the ideas and beliefs of their political leaders, humans feel empowered for endeavors of historical importance. Likewise, during the American Revolution, inhabitants of the colonies found courage to change British government being largely influenced by the ideals of the revolutionary characters, including those of Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson. Paine, a passionate rebellious writer, motivated millions of Americans for action during the War of Independence, openly and succinctly stating the reasons for seeking freedom from Great Britain. Jefferson, one of the revolutionary luminaries, drafted the Declaration of Independence, and became the third President of the United …show more content…

Paine expresses his thoughts in his most famous work “Common Sense”, where he writes passionately about the reasons to become an independent country. In his opinion, “everything that is right or reasonable pleads for separation”. He argues that there is not a single advantage of staying a British colony, while the disadvantages are numerous (Paine 644). Likewise, Jefferson states in “A Declaration by the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress Assembled” that it is necessary for the colonies “to expunge their former systems of government”. Further, in the Declaration he describes all the causes for becoming an independent country free from the tyranny of the king of Great Britain, stating that the colonies have experienced “unremitting injuries and usurpations” (Jefferson 663). Both writers have the same rebellious mindset and agree that the time for the revolution has …show more content…

Paine writes about it in “The Rights of Man”, where he states that people are naturally sociable, and thus “society is practically autonomous” (Wood 213). According to Gordon S. Wood, Jefferson also has faith in the “common moral sense of ordinary people.” He believes that the society is naturally ordered, because a man was destined for society, and therefore, his sense of right or wrong forms naturally, and only a little guidance is needed for him (106). Therefore, the two revolutionaries agree on the limited role of the government in the

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