Homework 11-11-15 for Hist 17A - Kevin Heffernan Fang He 18 November 2015 History 17A Section W 4:00-4:50 Context Thomas Paine was a recent immigrant to

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Kevin Heffernan Fang He 18 November, 2015 History 17A Section W 4:00-4:50 Context Thomas Paine was a recent immigrant to the colonies arriving in late 1774. With the battle of Lexington and Concord unofficially beginning the revolutionary war in April of 1775, Thomas Paine’s pamphlet had crucial importance in turning the colonist’s public opinion toward revolution. The precursors to Common Sense are an accumulation of British restrictions on lifestyle in the colonies most specifically the French and Indian War which accrued significant debt for the colonists and Britain and also the Intolerable Acts following the Boston Tea Party. Content The overall theme of common sense is Independence. Paine believes that it is fairly ridiculous that the colonists are under rule of the British, and attacks the British for having a Monarchy without a proper system of checks and balances. Paine believes strongly in equality and claims that we only have monarchs because Israeli people initiated the trend. He then claims that God

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