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Who Is Thomas Paine

Who Is Thomas Paine

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Who Is Thomas Paine

Through his
widely-read pamphlet,
 Common Sense, the words and teachings of
Thomas Paine eventually sparked a following necessary for the American
Revolution. Thomas Paine, a founding father of the United States of America,
was considered a radical intellectual who doggedly advocated colonial America’s
sovereignty from Great Britain’s Monarch. Mostly for his work in
 Common Sense, Paine is referred to as the “The Father of the American
Revolution.”
 

Common Sense was published on January 10,
1776 and quickly became a best-selling piece of literature. The pamphlet which
began circulation following the outbreak of the Revolutionary War was adopted
as a way of life for many American settlers. The words were read out loud in
taverns and small gatherings, effectively spreading the thoughts of
Republicanism and boosting enthusiasm for a separation from British rule.
 

Common Sense strayed away from the generic
anti-British publication; it was a radical, pro-active approach, aimed at
unifying and mobilizing militias to physically fight for freedom. Although
considered crazed by some, Thomas Paine effectively harnessed the emotion of
American settlers and unified them into a widespread uprising against British
rule.

Dissimilar to other influential works of 18th Century
literature,
 Common Sense offered the reader an ultimatum of sorts. The pamphlet’s
objective was to connect with the individual. It was meant to offer a glimpse
into the future. Thomas Paine wanted the reader to ask him/herself a pretty
simple, yet seldom discussed question.
 Common Sense provided a new argument for independence. It compelled
the reader to question what the future would be like under British rule. When
individuals read the pamphlet they pondered the true power of tyranny and how
it could negatively strip society of individuality and freedom. Part of Thomas
Paine’s brilliance was found in his concise and easy-to-follow writing. Unlike
other publications, Paine’s writing style was simple. The average settler could
follow along and be able to attach his/her emotions to the work.

The
political writing was intended to be informal; Paine wanted to mobilize the
Continental Army to fight against British rule. Paine’s objective was not to
reach the statesmen or prominent figures of the colonies, but instead the
average men and women of society who were directly oppressed by Britain’s
unjust taxation and cruel punishments. Although
 Common Sense effectively united colonists together and spawned an
anti-British sentiment, it was referred by many as simply a radical and
untrustworthy source.

A group of
powerful and respected colonists viewed Thomas Paine as a fraud and his
writings as a poisonous attempt to start a Revolution. John Adams and other
influential politicians believed that
 Common Sense was inherently dangerous and would eventually create a radical
democracy unable to properly govern its people.

Following the release of Common Sense, Thomas Paine was quickly thrown into a world of
controversy and scandal. Paine was elected to the Congressional Committee on
Foreign Affairs in 1777, but was quickly relieved of his post following secret
negotiations with France. Thomas Paine was a man obsessed with Revolution and
the fight towards freedom. Following his termination from the Congressional Committee
on Foreign Affairs, Paine stepped out of the spotlight only to later return
with influential works revolving around the French Revolution.

Thomas Paine’s
works and influence may be questioned, but his intentions and his desire to
spark Revolution are undoubted. His words were awe-inspiring and often used to
boost morale of troops during times of war. Without the words of
 Common Sense and Paine’s influence, the rallying cry of American colonists
during the Revolution would have been undeniably softer.

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