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Na’chelle Williams Thomas Jefferson University History Thomas Paine’s Common Sense vs. Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence
Thomas Paine’s “Common sense” Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” was published in January of 1776. Just like the Declaration of Independence it challenged the authority of the British government and the royal monarchy. Thomas Paine used plain language that was easily identifiable with the common people of America. was the first document that openly ask for independence from Great Britain. His argument focused on two things. He expressed his opinion on America’s independence from England, and the creation of a democratic republic for America. He provided a document that was in the language of “the people”, and he often quoted the Bible in his piece. This is very important because in this time period colonist were extremely religious. Quoting the bible resonated so with his audience because he most people in America had a lot of knowledge of the Bible, despite Paine not being a religious person himself. With him knowing his audience, he represented King George as, "the Pharaoh of England" and "the Royal Brute of Great Britain."

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