Common Sense by Thomas Paine [NOOK Book]

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Common Sense presented the American colonists with an argument for freedom from British rule at a time when the question of independence was still undecided. Paine wrote and reasoned in a style that common people understood. Paine published Common Sense anonymously because of its treasonous content.
Paine donated his royalties from Common Sense to George Washington's Continental Army, saying:
As my wish was to serve an oppressed people, and ...
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Common Sense by Thomas Paine

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Overview

Common Sense presented the American colonists with an argument for freedom from British rule at a time when the question of independence was still undecided. Paine wrote and reasoned in a style that common people understood. Paine published Common Sense anonymously because of its treasonous content.
Paine donated his royalties from Common Sense to George Washington's Continental Army, saying:
As my wish was to serve an oppressed people, and assist in a just and good cause, I conceived that the honor of it would be promoted by my declining to make even the usual profits of an author.
—Thomas Paine

Paine's arguments against British rule

It was absurd for an island to rule a continent.
America was not a "British nation"; it was composed of influences and peoples from all of Europe.
Even if Britain were the "mother country" of America, that made her actions all the more horrendous, for no mother would harm her children so brutally.
Being a part of Britain would drag America into unnecessary European wars, and keep it from the international commerce at which America excelled.
The distance between the two nations made governing the colonies from England unwieldy. If some wrong were to be petitioned to Parliament, it would take a year before the colonies received a response.
The New World was discovered shortly before the Reformation. The Puritans believed that God wanted to give them a safe haven from the persecution of British rule.
Britain ruled the colonies for its own benefit, and did not consider the best interests of the colonists in governing them.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014618892
  • Publisher: eProsperity
  • Publication date: 7/11/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 60 KB

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