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Discussion:The first document we looked at was Common Sense by Thomas Paine. In Common Sense, Paine talks about how he believes in freedom and wants to be independent from England’s control. He feels that England is not really the mother country since there are people from all over Europe in the colonies. Some parts he does exaggerate a bit, for example, the fact that the colonies have their own big navy and that they can become the most powerful nation in the world. He also feelsthat if the colonists come together as a whole that would make a greater difference than if the colonies remained separate from one another. He states that the colonies are also at the right size population wise. If they got any larger than it would be more difficult to sort of control everyone. Paine is taking a more political stance onwhether or not the colonies should be separated from England. He wants to fight them in order to gain freedom from them. He sees it as unfair that the colonies are being controlled by England when England is so far away.