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A period of psychological division categorizes the period from 1765 to 1776 in Americas history Through the growing tyranny of the British Empire ambiguity swept the American continent and created a divided community made up of loyalists those who sided with the thoughts and views of the King of England and patriots those who refused to be ruled by the King of England In order to repair the severed nation and create a continent united in a common goal Thomas Paine a native Englishman discussed his powerful beliefs in a short pamphlet He published the pamphlet Common Sense on February 14 1776 Common Sense expresses the inner thoughts of a man who is highly concerned for the present and future state of America Through many references to history some of which recall events before the birth of Christ he deduces the fact that America has no logical reason to remain under the wings of Great Britain He expresses this idea by dividing his argument into three segments the truth about the wickedness and ineffectiveness of a monarchy throughout history the ineptitude of the British government and the potential of a unified and independent America Thomas Paines argument opens by condemning the idea of a tyrannical government and praising the idea of society as a whole As he does throughout the remainder of his claim he uses effective rationality to relate to the common reader Society is produced by our wants and government by our wickedness the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections the latter negatively by restraining our vices The one encourages intercourse the other creates distinctions The first is a patron the last a punisher Paine p 3 Through this particular thought Paine promotes the idea that the people of America are fully capable of forming a constructive society He believes that the colonies can live a more fruitful life without any form of an overbearing government oppressing
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