What a terrible pun! (*I’ll just get my coat) But before I do here is a chap who did a rather good job in gathering support for American Independence.
Thomas Paine (or Tom to the Lads) was an English American writer and pamphleteer whose “Common Sense” and other writings influenced the American Revolution, and helped pave the way for the Declaration of Independence.
It’s Just Common Sense!
Within five months of Paine’s arrival in America, the precipitating event to his most famous work would occur. After the battles of Lexington and Concord (April 19, 1775), which were the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War, Paine argued that America should not simply revolt against taxation, but demand independence from Great Britain entirely. He expanded this idea in a 50-page pamphlet called “Common Sense,” which was printed on January 10, 1776.
Worded in a way that forces the reader to make an immediate choice, “Common Sense” presented the American colonists, who were generally still undecided, with a cogent argument for full-scale revolt and freedom from British rule. And while it likely had little effect on the actual writing of the Declaration of Independence, “Common Sense” forced the issue on the streets, making the colonists see that a grave issue was upon them and that a public discussion was direly needed. Once it initiated debate, the article offered a solution for Americans who were disgusted and alarmed at the presence of tyranny in their new land, and it was passed around and read aloud often, bolstering enthusiasm for independence and encouraging recruitment for the Continental Army. (“Common Sense” is referred to by one historian as “the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era.”)
Resulting in Common Sense?
Within just a few months, the piece sold more than 500,000 copies. “Common Sense” presents as its chief option a distinctly American political identity and, more so than any other single publication, paved the way for the Declaration of Independence, which was unanimously ratified on July 4, 1776.
So this is why Thomas Paine was (*ahem) “A Paine in Britain’s Side!”
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