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Thomas Paine . Thomas Paine was born in England in 1737 At 13 , he dropped out of school and began working with his father as a corset maker H e for a short time, he worked as a privateer In 1760 , Paine's wife, Mary, and child both died in childbirth

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Thomas paine
Thomas Paine

  • Thomas Paine was born in England in 1737

  • At 13, he dropped out of school and began working with his father as a corset maker

  • He for a short time, he worked as a privateer

  • In 1760, Paine's wife, Mary, and child both died in childbirth

  • The same year, his corset business failed


  • In 1762, he began to work for the government as an excise officer

  • This would inspire his first

    political article.

  • It was called “The Case of the

    Officers of Excise”

  • It called for higher wages for

    excise workers

  • Over 4,000 copies of the political

    article were distributed

  • In 1874, Paine was fired from the excise office


  • Soon after this, he would meet Benjamin Franklin, who convinced him to move to the American colonies

  • In the colonies, he for the Pennsylvania Magazine

  • In his life, he would write "The Age of Reason," regarding religion in society;

    "Rights of Man," which defended

    the French Revolution; and

    "Common Sense"


Common sense
Common Sense convinced him to move to the American colonies

  • Published in 1776, Common Sense helped turn the colonists against British rule

  • Its langue and it arguments were easy for all people to understand

  • Was often read aloud to crowds of people

  • It challenged the ideas of monarchy and colonial dependence

  • Although born in England, Paine’s time in the colonies had given him a deep understanding and appreciation for the colonial culture and its potential


Patrick henry
Patrick Henry convinced him to move to the American colonies

  • Patrick Henry was born in Virginia in 1736

  • He was home schooled

    by his fatherUni. educated

    father and minister uncle

  • As a young adult, he

    tried his hand at store

    keeping, tobacco farming,

    and inn keeping

  • In 1760, he became a lawyer


  • For the rest of his life, he would fight for the rights of the individual and the state

  • He also called for the states to unite, saying: “The distinctions between Virginians, Pennsylvanians, New Yorkers and New Englanders, are no more. I am not a Virginian, but an American.“

  • During his life, he served three terms as governor of Virginia

  • He would also be offered the position of first ever Supreme Court Justice, Secretary of State, and Attorney General

  • He turned them all down


Give me liberty
Give Me Liberty the individual and the state

  • Patrick Henry’s is most famous for his 1775 “Give Me Liberty” speech

  • This speech help spur people towards Revolution

  • http://www.history.org/almanack/people/bios/biohen.cfm#speech


Both Common Sense and “Give me Liberty” have been immortalized by time due to their power to bring people to the side of revolution. What do you think makes a piece of work convincing/effective?


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