The Struggle In Thomas Paine's Declaration Of Independence

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“[Thomas Paine] was so sickened by the misery, poverty, and degradation caused by hereditary rank and privilege that he championed revolution not only in America, but worldwide.” His work Common Sense (1776), became a Revolutionary Era best-seller, proposing to offer “simple fact, plain argument, and common sense” on the crisis of American Independence. “Although he firmly believed that the American colonists had right on their side, it was not merely as an American or in behalf of narrow American interests that he threw himself so completely into the struggle, but as a free man, a cosmopolitan citizen of the world, who was convinced that when he struck a blow for freedom in America he was doing so for England and France or wherever arbitrary…show more content…
It reshaped popular thinking and put independence squarely on the agenda.” Only a few months after Common Sense’s publication the Declaration of Independence was approved on July 4, 1776, and Americas move toward Independence was complete. No longer would common men be inferior to any others, no longer would the tyranny of Britain hang over their heads. Paine fed momentum to the movement through his simple words, and their fiery strength. He inspired the common man to stand up and take what is rightfully his, to drive the stake of freedom into his land and secure it with his blood. One of his most famous lines was, “We have it in our power to begin the world over again. A situation similar to the present, hath not happened since the days of Noah until now.” The men of America took his words with them to the front lines to defend their homes, and their values, with all the passion and more of what Paine put into his writing. His pamphlet will forever be important in history for giving ordinary men the courage to stand up, stand together, to take arms, and to secure the blessing of liberty to our country then and

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