Analysis Of Common Sense By Thomas Paine

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In his 1776 pamphlet, Common Sense, Thomas Paine wrote, “Not one third of the inhabitants, even of this province, are of English descent. Wherefore I reprobate the phrase of parent or mother country applied to England only, as being false, selfish, narrow and ungenerous” (Paine, 23-24). After decades of civil and religious persecution in Europe, Puritans among others fled to New England in search of a land where they could live without fear. This influx of individuals that arrived in the colonies were not only composed of Englishmen, but of many individuals from different regions of Europe. And this is one of the points that Paine tries to bring across in his text. He reiterates that England has no right to call itself the mother country…show more content…
He professes, “This new world hath been the asylum for the persecuted lovers of civil and religious liberty from every part of Europe. Hither have they fled, not from the tender embraces of the mother, but from the cruelty of the monster...” (Paine, 23). America became the “asylum of mankind” for all those being persecuted for their civil and religious beliefs and it was there that the colonists were finally able to find peace. Whether Paine’s assertion on ‘America being an asylum to those being persecuted’ remains relevant today, is still a question. Paine also depicted the new world as a very inclusive place in which individuals of all religions and origins were welcome. He speaks of how, “It is pleasant to observe by what regular gradations we surmount the force of local prejudice, as we enlarge our acquaintance with the world” and how “ a just parity of reasoning, all Europeans meeting in America, or any other quarter of the globe are countrymen; for England, Holland, Germany, or Sweden, when compared with the whole, stand in the same places on the larger scales…” (Paine, 23). Paine was gladdened at how easily many of the colonists were able to overcome possible prejudices and become friendly with other fellow colonists who might have been from countries outside of England. He asserts that it mattered not at all what country the colonists originated from-in the end they were all equal. As for freedom of religion,
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