Thomas Paine And De Crevecoeur Essay

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Important writers before and after the American Revolution Many authors had a lot of influence on the American revolution before and after. Two authors who had major influence on the American revolution are Thomas paine and Miguel De Crevecoeur . Thomas paine wrote a series of political pamphlets which were the most influential writings during the American revolution. Thomas paine’s pamphlet “common sense” was a crucial pamphlet which told that all the problems that the Americans were facing was due to England. His writings were simple and were easy to understand, because he wanted all kinds of men to read, so it became a popular document widely read. The document criticized the british rule and campaigned for declaration of independence from england. Paine reasoned that America was a nation comprised of many people from Europe and argued that a british rule would be not be beneficial for the people of America. Thomas paine explains the difference between society and government in this quote “SOME writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher.” He then goes on to say “Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil”. According to Paine if people acted morally, government would not be necessary, but since people are imperfect, government is necessary to protect life and liberty. In his documents paine propagandes that the only way for America is to rebel. It provoked our four fathers to write the

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