What was the purpose of Thomas Paine's "Common Sense"?


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The purpose of Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" was to grow the patriot cause, and Paine argued for independence from England and the creation of a democratic republic. Paine was direct and to the point in his writing style, avoiding all flowery pose.

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This direct writing style helped him appeal to the people as he wrote in their language. He also quoted the Bible in his writings, which helped persuade the people as most of them routinely read the Bible.

Paine attacked George III in his writing and called upon the people to develop and establish their own republic. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams actually condemned Paine because they believed that he was an extremist.

Thomas Paine published "Common Sense" on January 9, 1776. It was first published anonymously as Paine had only recently arrived in America. It was also published in a pamphlet style, which was a popular way to spread ideas in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. It is considered one of the most influential pamphlets in American history and is credited with bringing average citizens and independent political leaders together.

Thomas Paine was born in England in 1737. He worked as a corset maker in his teens and then as a sailor before becoming a schoolteacher. He then become a writer of pamphlets and moved to Philadelphia in 1774. He quickly believed in American independence and wrote "Common Sense."

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