America 's Influence On America

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In the beginning America was mothered by England. Writers expressed how they felt about America, who America was, and what it meant. The writers all had different points of view, but many thought America would be or should be on her own. Writers like Thomas Paine, J. Hector St. John De Crévecoeur, and Thomas Jefferson thought America was strong enough to be independent. Between 1765 and 1790, the contradicting ideas of writers surrounding the definition of America built the identity of America through the argument stating that England was no longer America’s mother country.
In Common Sense, Thomas Paine explained how America was dependent on England, but also showed why Americans should fight for their independence. In the process of becoming a newly founded country, America did need help from Britain financially, and Thomas Paine did address that issue; however, he also explained that America had become strong enough to branch out on its own. He proposed that America break away from England due to its ability to stand independently. Paine wrote, “Hither have they fled, not from the tender embraces of the mother country, but from the cruelty of the monster, and it is so far true of England, that the same tyranny which drove the first emigrants from home, pursues their descendants still” (324). Paine wrote Common Sense to show Americans why they should break away from England and gain their independence. He thought that America should create her own government and become the
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