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Among the many writings that were published in this era the work of Thomas Paine stands out as some of the most influential Paines writings advocate unity among the colonists and in doing so also offers a civilized voice of opposition His works emphasize the importance of independence and a need to protect the people Understandably so the colonists were tired of the mistreatment they had endured from British rule over their government and the imposed countless taxes without representation In addition it seemed that the rich merely cared about protecting their own wealth which fueled tempers among the colonials to the point of riots and attacks on wealthy land owners and high ranking officials Paines Common Sense brought a voice of a different kind one that spoke for most of the colonists In his pamphlet Paine refers to several situations that serve as motives for joining the opposition He verbally attacks the British government and their motives for control over the states Paines pamphlet was convincing because it provided a firm stance against the government that the people could relate to but some still had limited knowledge of their activities used to maintain power For example although the British government included the colonists in their efforts against the French and Native American allies the colonial soldiers were poorly treated and Paine states that Britain did not protect us from our enemies on our account but from her enemies on her account Paine AR 25 Paine suggested that these enemies of Britain should be viewed alternatively because these nations may wish to seek our friendship and in turn provide economic growth Furthermore Britain has involved the states with conflicts that have no ties to America but have had a negative impact on their lives further recognizing the neglect of the colonials during this time The mistreatment did not end there During the Revolutionary war simply the force of military preparation lead those with a neutral
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