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Primary Source Paper History 111 - KA September 29, 2010 Is it Just Common Sense or is it the Plain Truth? Thomas Paine, author of Common Sense (1776), and James Chalmers, author of Plain Truth (1776), strongly disagree on the topic of whether or not the American colonies should attain political independence from Great Britain. On one hand, Thomas Paine provided valid disputes for the American colonies to achieve separation from Great Britain as well as explaining the Revolutionaries’ mission which was to be independent and serve as an exemplar to the rest of the world. On the other hand, James Chalmers wrote to his readers about the positive effects of the British Constitution as well as the British mercantile and trading structure. So then, the question remains, did Thomas Paine or James Chalmers have a stronger case on the argument on whether or not the American colonies should separate or remain loyal to Great Britain? Thomas Paine discusses early in Common Sense about how he had heard by some that America had flourished under Britain rule. In order for America to be able to conquer happiness in the future, she must remain a subject of Britain. Paine continues with, “America would have flourished as much, and probably much more had no European power taken any notice of her. The commerce by which she hath enriched herself are the necessaries of life…” (Paine, 101). Paine continues with mentioning later in Common Sense that tar, timber, iron and cordage are America’s natural produce; therefore, America does not need to go abroad for anything.
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This note was uploaded on 02/22/2012 for the course HST 111 taught by Professor Connerarmitage during the Fall '09 term at Miami University.

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