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HIST 2003 – History of the American People to 1877Primary Source Analysis Thomas Paine’s Common SenseDue: electronically by the start of class, Tuesday, October 7, 2014Assignment Criteria:Start with a brief background on Paine and its historical context. Be sure to include anargument in your analysis. “Thomas Paine advocated American independence from GreatBritain” is a statement, not an argument. I am requiring you to go a step further and clearly writewhy and how, employing evidence from his writing, you argue Paine sought independence.While you are not limited to only the following questions, your analysis mustspecifically answereach of these questions: What type of reasons did Paine use? What type of rhetoric (style ofspeech) did he use? Who or what did Paine believe was wrong with the British political system?What evidence did Paine give for a separate colonial identity? How is Paine’s colonial identitysimilar or different from what we have examined in lectures and previous assigned readings?