Common Sense Primary Source Critique Essay

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Primary Source Critique: Jacobs, Harriet Ann (“Linda Brent”), Common Sense
Due: November 10, 2013

Common Sense, by Thomas Paine, is a pamphlet that was written in 1775-76. Paine’s purpose for this writing was to be an encouragement to the general people of the thirteen colonies to seek declaration of their independence from Great Britain. Paine’s desire to connect with the common people is evident in his plain and easy to understand writing style; he wrote in an educated, but straight-forward manner. Dubbed a “political quack” by Loyalist, James Chalmers of Maryland in the Plain Truth (New), and accused of producing a “crapulous mass” by none other than John Adams, we see just two examples of the many attacks on Paine, who prevailed to
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After his continuance of instigating American desires, he lays out the practicalities and proposal of a congress.
In Section IV, On the Present Ability of America, with some Miscellaneous Reflections, Paine gives his thoughts on his military views. He remains optimistic with his conviction that, “It is not in numbers but in unity, that our great strength lies” (Paine, n.pag.). He continues with a detailed navy plan, incorporating the use of American resources available.
In Common Sense, Paine successfully demonstrates his ability to be a voice of the people, who is his intended audience. He adequately expresses a general moral and spiritual communication of the majority in terms of equality and natural rights. He tries, and does, get his message across by using simple terms to inspire a fight for independence. Through the publication, Paine validated American Revolution and gave a common revelation to the people. He was able to organize the sentiment and passion of all into a brilliant composition, while foreshadowing the perpetual doom of continued British rule. It may be said that he was a substantial contributor to the independence of a great nation, and his spirit of equality and national commitment live on today.

Works Cited
New, M. Christopher. "James Chalmers and Plain Truth A Loyalist Answers Thomas Paine". "Archiving Early America”. Retrieved November 6, 2013. Paine, Thomas. "Common