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Thomas Paine American Legend Who got the wheels of the American Independence movement rolling George Washington Thomas Jefferson Paul Revere Those are the names you would probably hear if you asked an average person on the street However the real person who started it all is greatly underrated This man is Thomas Paine In January of 1776 Thomas Paine wrote and published a truly extraordinary document As soon as it appeared on the streets of Philadelphia it was surrounded in much controversy Entitled Common Sense the document boldly urged the colonists to declare independence from Great Britain This came to a shock to many citizens because this was the first time anyone had publicly denounced the king Thomas Paine stated that Europe was Americas mother not just England whom he considered the bully He thought it absurd that an island the size of Britain controlled all of America an entire continent The increasing number of taxes that the king was imposing on the colonies showed that he only cared for Britain not the well being of America He also attacked the kings divine right to rule Paine wrote One honest man was worth more than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived It would be true to state that common sense clearly made sense with the colonists Thomas Paines writing accurately depicted what so many colonists felt therefore convincing them to embrace the American cause Common Sense had also an astounding effect on the Continental Congress After reading it Richard Henry Lee of Virginia said that he was Clearly convinced of the necessity for separation Soon after the Continental Congress discussed declaring their independence Less then a month later Thomas Jefferson presented the Declaration of Independence It was all thanks to Thomas Paines courageous effort to do what he thought was right that united the colonies and ended up forming the United States of America ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Bibliography
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