Thomas Paine Superstition

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Thomas Paine’s Common Sense (1776), Thomas Jefferson’s The Last Letter (1826), and The Bill of Rights (1789) all share the common theme of a rejection of traditional medieval dependence. Jefferson was a supporter of revolutions that eliminated societal aspects such as kings, aristocrats, and medieval values, which were present in places like England. The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution, meanwhile, afforded power to the individual. And Common Sense (1776), where a major theme is the role of government and society, where Paine rejects the role of Britain’s old fashion form of government. In addition to their condemnation of medieval values, each of these three documents shares a common theme of affording rights and freedoms to individuals.
In Thomas Jefferson's last letter, Jefferson recalled that the Declaration of Independence was not simply an American document written for the benefit of Americans. Rather, it was meant to produce a revolution in the opinions of mankind as a whole, by challenging the belief held back then that people must simply accept kings, aristocrats, or unelected officials as its rulers. Jefferson says, “the signal of arousing men to burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government.” (The Last Letter, 1826) This quote shows Jefferson's desire for self-government and his hope that America would not

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