This writing was published during the American Revolution and paved the way for the Declaration of Independence.
Thomas Paine was...
According to the introductory ideas, what message was Paine trying to get across to his readers?
According to Paine, who should fight for freedom?
·Common Sense was a pamphlet Thomas Paine published to distribute in the colonies to...
True or false: Paine believed wanting freedom was not enough.
Pick the modern English translation for the following excerpt: “I have heard it asserted by some, that as America hath flourished under her former connection with Great Britain, the same connection is necessary towards her future happiness, and will always have the same effect. Nothing can be more fallacious than this kind of argument.”
Pick the modern English translation for the following excerpt: “But Britain is the parent country, say some. Then the more shame upon her conduct. Even brutes do not devour their young, nor savages make war upon their families…
“I challenge the warmest advocate for reconciliation, to show a single advantage that this continent can reap, by being connected with Great Britain. I repeat the challenge; not a single advantage is derived.
“Small islands, not capable of protecting themselves, are the proper objects for kingdoms to take under their care; but there is something 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.”
“Nothing but independence…can keep the peace of the continent…A government of our own is our natural right: and when a man seriously reflects on the precariousness of human affairs, he will become convinced, that it is infinitely wiser and safer, to form a constitution of our own in a cool deliberate manner, while we have it in our power…”