Common Sense And The Declaration Of Independence Essay

Length: 3 pages Sources: 3 Subject: American History Type: Essay Paper: #39673055 Related Topics: Common Law, British Empire, Monarchy, American Revolution
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People often confuse the American Revolution for the War for Independence. Although they share similar motives and similar actions, they are not one in the same. As John Adams made note of in a letter to Thomas Jefferson in 1815, "What do we mean by the Revolution? The war? That was no part of the Revolution" (Bailyn, 1967, p. 1).

He goes on to explain the war was more of a consequence and effect than a part of it as it developed. The Revolution existed in the minds of people long before the one heard the first gun shot. "The records of thirteen legislatures, the pamphlets, newspapers in all the colonies, ought to be consulted during that period to ascertain the steps by which the public opinion was enlightened and informed concerning the authority of Parliament over the colonies." This lesson examines the "Revolution in the minds of the people" (Bailyn, 1967, p. 1). In writing this, Adams focuses on describing Thomas Paine's extraordinarily influential pamphlet titled Common Sense, which was published in January 1776 having multiple reprints (25 times) in the following year, helping to inspire the Declaration of Independence.

The American Revolution inspired the War for Independence. Common Sense inspired The Declaration of Independence. This is where this essay...


Although Common Sense fueled the decision to write the Declaration of Independence, the Declaration of Independence was and still is an effective piece of writing that cemented the independence of a nation. Inspiration plays a pivotal role in generating the seeds of change; however, it is the action of establishment that produces long-term effects.


Thomas Paine born 1737 and dying 1809, wrote numerous books and pamphlets most consider greatly added to "delegitimizing" the entitlements to power of the mother country or British state. Paine proclaimed that "society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one" (Sargent, 1997, p. 60) and engaged the reader, allowing the reader to focus on the dialog of the nature of monarchs in the Bible. Something as well-known as the Bible enabled readers to associate and connect easily with Paine's words and ideas. As to the precise assertions of the British Empire, Paine stated, "No man in his senses can say that their claim under William the Conqueror is a very honorable one. A French bastard, landing with an armed banditti and establishing himself king of England against the consent of the natives…" (Wilensky, Richardson & Paine, 2008, p. 168). Essentially meaning no one can easily convince the natives of…

Sources Used in Documents:


Bailyn, B. (1967). The ideological origins of the American Revolution. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

Haran, T. (2010). Our lives, our fortunes, our sacred honor. [United States]: Xlibris Corporation.

Sargent, L. (1997). Political thought in the United States. New York: New York University Press.

Wilensky, M., Richardson, T., & Paine, T. (2008). The elementary Common sense of Thomas Paine. New York: Savas Beaties.

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