Common Sense Primary Source Critique

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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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First, society grows; a government becomes needed, and in turn laws. Next, because of growth and the inability to gather the people all together, elections become needed. He describes these simple concepts as “the best balance between government and society” (Paine, n.pag.). After clearly explaining to the people his ideas, he uses his concepts to discredit the “monarchial and aristocratic tyranny” (Paine, n.pag.) in the English Constitution. He further examines the lack of appropriate checks and balances, and charges it as unable to “be the gift of a wise people” (Paine, n.pag.). In this section, Paine successfully illustrates an expectation of appropriate government, in a basic construction that puts organization to the public’s desires.
In Section II, Of Monarchy and Hereditary Succession, he incites the spirit of Americans that lives on today by talking of mankind’s “equality in the order of creation” (Paine, n.pag.). He uses biblical foundation to discredit the fallible distinction of king and subjects. He also discredits a government of mixed state and warns of the concentration of power. Paine’s building on biblical reference in relation to equality and natural rights is clearly written in the value held by the majority, and expresses his commitment to the people.
In Section III, Thoughts on the Present State of American Affairs, Paine presents appropriate course of action in the form of independence in dissatisfaction of

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