History 1775 78 Essay

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History and Myth

1. What if I told you that with a stroke of a pen you could change the course of human history? Thomas Paine did in fact have that effect on the American Revolution and the perceptions of government role during his time and today. His contributions to our nation’s creation were of great importance. His knowledge and use of writing helped impact the creation of the Declaration of Independence. The individual and the creation of some of our nation’s most important documents set the stage for who and what we are today as a people. Now to understand what Thomas Paine did, we must first take a look at the man.
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3. The creation of a independent nation separate from Great Britian was not a done deal in early 1776. During the early days of the revolution there was doubt on whether it would succeed. Thomas Paine’s Common Sense was heralded as a work of brilliance and as previously stated initially he was an anonymous author. The cause of the newly formed nation was more important than him. His incendiary tone and clear disdain for King George III and monarchial rule cemented the case for American Independence. By July 1776 the enthusiasm and the fact King George III hired mercenaries to put down the insurrection.4 The continental congress sought to use the ground swell from Common Sense to draft the Declaration of Independence. Paine laid out a representative based government that was based on delegates. Common Sense also advocates the creation of an intermediary between congress and the colonies to create a charter for the Americas. We can see this being used with the creation of the Articles of Confederation. Common Sense also...

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