Thomas Paine's Common Sense

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Thomas Paine's Common Sense Main Points

"I challenge the warmest advocate for reconciliation to show, a single advantage that this continent can reap, by being connected with Great Britain."

  • We should look at the many injuries that the colonies have undergone and will continue to undergo as long as we are connected with Great Britain. (3rd¶)

  • We don't need Britain for protection against her enemies nor do we need her for commerce.

".whenever a war breaks out between England and any foreign power, the trade of America goes to ruin, because of her connection with Britain."

  • Do away with monarchies because the divine law (of God) should be "King of America" and the people should form a government of their own (a republican charter).

".let a day be solemnly set apart for proclaiming the charter; let it be brought forth placed on the divine law the word of God law ought to be king"


  • England is not run by France even though the king is a descendant from France.

  • Children cannot survive on milk alone and never get any meat....The colonies have grown up and need to be set free to live on their own just as children do.

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