How Does Paine Create A New American Government

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The American government that we know today, had many troubles when it first came together when the Constitution was first ratified in 1788. There had been many failed attempts at creating a new and successful government, such as the Articles of Confederation the first plan for the new American government. This proved to be very unsuccessful because the states held all federal power, while the national government had very little. In order to please both the Federalists and the Anti-Federalist, each party agreed to the Constitution with the addition of the Bill of Rights. Documents like the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, and the above documents are heavily influenced by the writings of John Locke, Baron de Montesquieu, …show more content…

This event replaced Protestant religion with Catholicism as the official religion of the monarchy. In the preface Paine reveals that he is hoping to reassure people of their new king, while many people believe the opposite. The book was translated into French and was a major component not only of the French Revolution but of the American as well. Paine writes about humans and the “laws of nature’, stating that all men are born in a state of freedom. He writes that “though man in that state have an uncontrollable liberty to dispose of his person or possessions,yet he had not liberty to destroy himself…”, meaning that all men have the power to destroy his possessions but he cannot destroy himself. Later on in the work, Paine states that men don’t have the liberty to take away other rights, which is what the Constitution protects well as the Bill of Rights. This document helped people in the colonies realize that they have rights that were being exploited by their king,therefore aiding the start of the American Revolution. In result of this they wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights, allowing the American government to state the rights of their citizens, and the Declaration of Independence stating that the American colonies want to be separate from the British Empire, in order to gain all of their inalienable rights. Civil Government outlines the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of the American government. Paine states, “Firstly, there wants an established, settled, known law, received and allowed by common consent…”, this clearly describes Congress and the Senate. Both houses are elected by the people and create laws based on what the people want. In the following paragraph the author explains that each government needs a

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