Common Sense by Thomas Paine, January 10, 1775Common Sense by Thomas Paine, January 10, 1775
Let Britain wave her pretensions to the continent (America), or the continent, throw off the dependence and we should be at peace with France and Spain were they at war with Britain
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Thomas Paine, Philadelphia, Feb. 14, 1776Thomas Paine, Philadelphia, Feb. 14, 1776
Common Sense becomes the best selling piece of written work in 18th century America. The pamphlet was read in taverns, homes, and aloud, helping convince colonists to the benefits of republicanism and separation
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Oppression is often the consequence, but seldom or never the means of riches; and though avarice will preserve a man from being necessitously poor, it generally makes him too timorous to be wealthy
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American History NameAmerican History Name
Directions: Read the excerpts from Thomas Paine’s Common Sense below, and then answer the discussion questions that follow
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Thoughts on the Present State of American AffairsThoughts on the Present State of American Affairs
First read the entire excerpt below. After you are finished, answer the questions that follow
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Small islands not capable of protecting themselves, are the proper objects for kingdoms to take under their care; but there is something very absurd, in supposing a continent to be perpetually governed by an islandSmall islands not capable of protecting themselves, are the proper objects for kingdoms to take under their care; but there is something very absurd, in supposing a continent to be perpetually governed by an island
In no instance hath nature made the satellite larger than its primary planet, and as England and America, with respect to each other, reverses the common order of nature, it is evident they belong to different systems: England to Europe
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Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776)Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776)
Oppression is often the consequence, but seldom or never the means of riches; and though avarice will preserve a man from being necessitously poor, it generally makes him too timorous to be wealthy
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Common sense—Thomas Paine, 1776 On the Origin and Design of Government in General, with Concise Remarks on the English ConstitutionCommon sense—Thomas Paine, 1776 On the Origin and Design of Government in General, with Concise Remarks on the English Constitution
On the Origin and Design of Government in General, with Concise Remarks on the English Constitution
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