Thomas Paine's Arguments For American Independence

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Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense to provide evidence of the necessity and possibility of American independence from Great Britain. His writings stemmed from the hard life and many struggles he endured while living in England. The political pamphlet Common Sense blamed the suffering of the colonists directly on Great Britain. Shortly after Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense there was a proposed a resolution for independence. It was written in July of 1776, and many of Thomas Paine’s arguments for American Independence were reflected in the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Paine's arguments for freedom, happiness, and a stable future for America and its' people are reflected in the Declaration of Independence. Common Sense shows why Americans…show more content…
The right of revolution against oppressive governments was a strong force in Paine’s Common Sense, and also in the Declaration of Independence. In the Declaration of Independence it says, ‘It is their right, it is their duty to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security’(Franklin et al.342), which emulates Thomas Paine’s calling for ones’ natural right to be free of Britain. Another common thread between the two documents is the want to provide a good future for America. Thomas Paine wrote 'If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace' (Franklin et al.335), he meant that he was willing to pay the price of war so that the future generations would be able to reap the rewards of the victory of independence. The Declaration of Independence stated, 'that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.... and to institute new government, laying its foundation of such principles, as to seem likely to effect their safety and happiness........ and to provide new guards for their future security'(Franklin et al.342). Jefferson made it clear the importance of creating a new government to protect the future of America and ensure a good quality of life for its'
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