Common Sense vs. the Declaration of Independence Essay

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Kelli Mack Professor J. Bradshaw U.S. History 201 October 1, 2014 Common Sense vs. The Declaration of Independence Throughout history, propaganda has been used in order to influence the public’s opinion on various topics. It has been proven effective throughout history, leading up to some major changes in society. Thomas Paine’s Common Sense and Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence are both examples of the efficiency of propaganda throughout history. Although they shared several similarities, Common Sense and The Declaration of Independence had their differences. Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense in the year 1776. During this time, America was attempting to gain their independence from Great Britain. Paine used this pamphlet as a form of propaganda to promote the idea of America breaking away from Great Britain. Common Sense was the first document to openly ask for independence from Great Britain. It sold more than 120,000 issues in three months. In the pamphlet, Paine explains his opinion of why America should separate from Great Britain. Paine used everyday language to speak to the common people. “We may as well, assert that, because a child has thrived upon milk, it is never to have meat or that the first twenty years of our lives is to become a precedent for the next twenty.” This excerpt from Common Sense shows how separating from Great Britain was just another step in the life of our country. In Common Sense, Paine discusses the difference between society and government. “Society is everything constructive and good that people join together to accomplish.” On the other hand, “government is an institution whose sole purpose is to protect us from our own vices”. Next, Paine goes on to argue whether it was suitable to have a monarchy. Thomas Paine also proposes his idea of the correct form of government for the country, as well as discusses

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