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Thomas Paine notes Warm up: On the blank lines on your notes page provide an answer to: What is “common sense?” Give one example of what you believe “common sense” is.
Thomas Paine Political Journalist Came to America in 1774 on Ben Franklin’s advice Wrote Common Sense Became a best seller
Common Sense He wrote it because he wanted people to start thinking about the ____________ _______________ and about ______________ way Britain treated the colonies independence
February 1776 Reading the book, encouraged and convinced many colonists to be ___________, including even ________________ This is when the colonists begin wanting more than “_____________,” and wanting ________________ by getting “_____________” from the King and England. just their rights complete control independence Patriots George Washington
Democracy ____________: “rule by the no king necessary!! no king necessary!! Many Americans considered it our _______ to spread democracy. Thomas Paine said, “We have it in our power to “________________.” Democracy duty begin the world again People”, Popular Sovereignty
A."I have heard it asserted by some, that as America hath flourished (did well— prospered) under her former connection with Great Britain,the same connection is necessary -- towards her (America’s) future happiness, and will always have the same effect. Nothing can be more fallacious (untrue) than this kind of argument“ (only loyalist would think that we did well under Britain’s rules.) (only loyalist would think that we did well under Britain’s rules.)
B.“We have boasted the protection of Great Britain without considering that her Motive was interest (mercantilism), not attachment (to us as brethren); and that she did not protect us from our enemies (France) on our account, but from her enemies on her own account.." (England was selfish, did things that benefited it, and not the colonials) (England was selfish, did things that benefited it, and not the colonials)
C."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...“
D."I challenge the warmest advocate for reconciliation (to get along with Britain), to show a single advantage that this continent (America) can reap, by being connected with (staying a part of) Great Britain. I repeat the challenge; not a single advantage is derived.“ (gotten) (there is no benefit to staying with Britain)
E."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 (England). In no instance hath nature made the satellite (like the Moon) larger than its primary planet (like the Earth)"
F."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 (thinks) 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.. :‘
But there is another and greater distinction for which no truly natural or religious reason can be assigned, and that is, the distinction of men into kings and subjects. Male and female are the distinctions of nature, good and bad the distinctions of heaven; but how a race of men came into the world so exalted above the rest, and distinguished like some new species, is worth enquiring into, and whether they are the means of happiness or of misery to mankind. (Kings are men, and not gods…heaven did not put them there. Are they good for the people, or themselves?)
Though I would carefully avoid giving unnecessary offence, yet I am inclined to believe, that all those who espouse the doctrine of reconciliation (getting along with the king), may be included within the following descriptions: Interested men, who are not to be trusted; weak men who cannot see; prejudiced men who will not see;
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