Thomas Paine: Common Sense


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By the close of 1775, after years of antagonism between the American people and the British government, not a single patriot had stepped forth to passionately argue the case for refusing the control of the empire centered across the Atlantic Ocean. The first patriot to speak out for this cause was Thomas Paine, who presented his ideas in the pamphlet Common Sense. The pamphlet was first published and distributed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on January 9, 1776—nine months after the...