ENG 2303 Professor Utzinger February 14, 2013 Hannah Billups A Paine-ful American Dilemma Thomas Paine’s works “Common Sense” and “The American Crisis, No. 1” describes his views of and convictions for the American Revolution. Both works portray Paine’s want for freedom and liberty from England and for America to be her own country. But Paine states that freedom from England isn’t what the American Revolution is all about. It’s about the freedom for all of mankind from tyranny that they were—and, in some places, still are—oppressed by. Tyranny is what pushed people away from their home country to settle in America. America provided the opportunity, liberty, and freedom that they needed and wanted that their home country was suppressing. People came to America from different countries to get away from tyranny, and yet were still being oppressed by England. This is why Paine soon realized that “The cause of America is, in a great measure, the cause of all mankind.” (Baym 326) The cause of America is the cause of mankind because America’s cause was for the natural rights of people. Paine recognized that America should separate from England because of England’s tyrannical power over America. He recognized that people came over here for liberty and freedom, but were still oppressed: “This new world hath been the asylum for the persecuted lovers off civil and religious liberty from every Part of Europe. Hither have they fled, not from the tender embraces of the mother, but from the cruelty of the monster; and it is so far
true of England, that the same tyranny which drove the first emigrants from home pursues their descendants still.” (Baym 328) America became the place where people would—and still do—go to gain their liberty and freedom, to get away from the cruelty of the monster called tyranny—whether it’s under socialism, communism, or anything else. They saw that America provided the opportunity and freedom to do what they wanted that no other country provided. The people didn’t want to keep
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