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COMMON SENSE Thomas Paine. January 10, 1776 Rallying, Influencing, Motivating. Thomas Paine. Born in Britain, January 29 1737 Self taught Immigrated to America 1774 Involved in American political life.

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Common sense thomas paine


January 10, 1776

Rallying, Influencing, Motivating.

Thomas paine

Thomas Paine

  • Born in Britain, January 29 1737

  • Self taught

  • Immigrated to America 1774

  • Involved in American political life

Common sense thomas paine

  • The bearer Mr Thomas Pain[e] is very well recommended to me as an ingenious worthy young man. -Benjamin Franklin.

Common sense thomas paine

I offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments, and common sense, Argued strongly for COMPLETE American Independence, Not just freedom from British Taxation

Common sense thomas paine

  • Revolutionary war Pamphlet

  • English, 48 pages

  • First Published anonymously January 10, 1776

  • Printed & sold by R. Bell, Third street Philadelphia

  • Sold 500,000 copies in first year & 25 editions

  • Precursor to the Declaration of Independence, which was written six months later.

How did common sense succeed in inspiring so much revolutionary feeling

How did Common Sensesucceed in inspiring so much revolutionary feeling?

Common sense thomas paine

  • Used forceful everyday language, influencing both Blue & white collar attack the idea that the British King should rule the American Colonies

  • American independence would be a victory for humans everywhere

  • Words convinced many Americans' that the cause of independence was a just one.

  • Played a central role in rallying public opinion, Convinced many who were unsure of the purpose of the war

Common sense thomas paine

  • The sun never shined on a greater cause of worth, tis not the concern of a day, a year or an age. Prosperity will be affected, even to the end of time T. Paine.

Common sense thomas paine

  • There is something very absurd in supposing a continent to be perpetually governed by an island,

  • We may as well assert that because a child has thrived upon milk, that it is never to have meat. - T. Paine

Common sense thomas paine

Chapter I. Of the Origin and Design of Government in general, with concise Remarks on the English Constitution.

  • Introduces idea that there is a difference between Government and Society.

  • Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one- T. Paine

Chapter 2 of monarchy and hereditary succession

Chapter 2 - Of Monarchy and Hereditary Succession

  • Paine argues that all men are born equal and there should be no distinction between kings and subjects.

  • In England a king hath little more to do than to make war and give away places; []A pretty business indeed for a man to be allowed eight hundred thousand sterling a year for, and worshipped into the bargain! Of more worth is one honest man to society and in the sight of God, than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived.

    -Thomas Paine

Chapter 3 thoughts on the present state of american affairs

Chapter 3 - Thoughts on the present State of American Affairs.

  • Examines hostilities between American Colonies and Britain.

  • Argues for independence.

  • Continental Charter "should come from some intermediate body between the Congress and the people [we must ensure] freedom and property to all men, and the free exercise of religion.

Constitution of the united states as proposed by thomas paine in common sense

Constitution of the United States as proposed by Thomas Paine in Common Sense

Chapter 4 on the present ability of america with some miscellaneous reflections

Chapter 4 On the Present Ability of America, with some Miscellaneous Reflections.,

  • Paine's optimistic view of America's military potential.

  • It is not in numbers, but in unity, that our great strength lies; yet our present numbers are sufficient to repel th force of all the world

  • T. Paine

Paine s pain

Paines PAIN.

  • It was absurd for an island to rule a continent.

  • America was not a British nation

  • Britain the "mother country" should take better care of its child, the colonies.

  • Being a part of Britain would drag America into unnecessary European wars,

  • The distance

  • Puritans believed that God wanted to give them a safe haven from the persecution of British rule.

  • Britain ruled the colonies for its own benefit, and would not let the colonies have a say

Common sense succeeds

Common Sense Succeeds?

  • The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security

  • It is not a field or a few acres of ground, but a cause that we are defending, and whether we defeat the enemy in one battle or by degrees, the consequences will be the same.

  • It is the direction and not the magnitude which is to be taken into consideration

  • Lead, follow, or get out of the way

  • Until an independence is declared the continent will feel itself like a man who continues putting off some unpleasant business [] continually haunted with the thoughts of its necessity.

Common sense thomas paine

  • Crucial in turning American opinion against Britain and was one of the key factors in the colonies' decision to engage in a battle for complete independence

  • Continental congress in 1774 not all convinced that complete independence was desirable.

  • "Without the pen of the author of Common Sense, the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain. Adams, John.

Success again

Success again

  • December, 1776, New Jersey

  • [to] reap the blessings of freedom, [we] must undergo the fatigue to support it

  • These are the times that try mens souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.T. Paine



  • Thomas Paine created written revolution

  • Common Sense forever renowned as instruction, motivational, and revolutionary

  • He INDEED created feeling of revolution.

  • To say that any people are not fit for freedom, is to make poverty their choice, and to say they had rather been loaded with taxes than not.-T. Paine

Bibliography textual

Bibliography - Textual

  • Paine, Thomas, 2004, Common Sense, Penguin Books, Suffolk, England. - Primary Source

  • Paine, Thomas, Rights of Man, 2006, Allen & Unwin, Sydney Australia-Primary Source

  • Nelson, Craig, Thomas Paine; His Life, His Time and the Birth of Modern Nations, Profile books, 2006, London England

Bibliography web

Bibliography - Web

  • SparkNotes Editors. SparkNote on Common Sense. SparkNotes LLC. n.d.. (accessed March 22, 2011). < >

  • Lepore, Jill, 2006, Was Thomas Paine too much of a freethinker for the country he helped free? (accessed March 22, 2011).


  • Many artists, 2009, Oil Painting Reproduction of Thomas Paine. (accessed 4/4/11) <>

  • tcmsmontulli1-2a, 2007, Commonsensepamphletcpoy[1](accessed 4/4/11)

  • Gauthier-Pilote, Mathieu, 2007, Diagram representing the constitution of the United States as proposed by Thomas Paine in Common Sense (accessed 4/4/11) <>

Bibliography videos

Bibliography - Videos

  • Wiley Studios, 2010, The Wisdom of Thomas Paine (Accessed: 3/4/11)

  • How Stuff Works, 1998, Assignment Discovery: Thomas Paine. (Accessed: 3/4/11)

  • Goldenage, 2008, The American Revolution: Common Sense (Accessed: 3/4/11)

  • Jwhitlockhale, 2009, Thomas Paine's Common Sense,(Accessed: 11/4/11) <>

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