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In 1776 Thomas Paine Publishes Common Sense On this Day

In 1776 Thomas Paine publishes Common Sense on this day. This pamphlet presented his arguments in favor of American independence. He openly challenged the authority of the British government and the royal monarchy. Paine wrote this pamphlet in very plain language – especially to reach the common man. This pamphlet was the first to publicly ask for independence from Great Britain.


Americans would not be able to break their ties with Britain easily. Even considering all the challenges they were experiencing, they were still raised to believe that the motherland of England was to protected and loved. Not to mention the element of fear. Rebellions had occurred with Irish rebels and they were dealt with harshly. So they were probably not terribly interested in risking that!

Common Sense was published in January 1776 in Philadelphia and close to 120,000 copies were in circulation by April. Paine presented brilliant arguments which were very straightforward. In this pamphlet he presents two primary points…  independence from England and the creation of a democratic republic. He structured Common Sense as a sermon, and relied on Biblical references to make his case to the people.  He presented King George as “the Pharaoh of England” and “the Royal Brute of Great Britain.”

Pained is credited with uniting average citizens and political leaders behind the idea of independence and his pamphlet “Common Sense” was the match that lit the fire leading to the American Revolution.

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Trish is one of the owners of Hip Homeschool Moms. She has been married to her best friend, David, for 22 years and they have three sons (ages 19, 17 and 15). Trish is from the coast of North Carolina, but they now live in rural West Tennessee on a 40+ acre farm. She has been homeschooling since 2009 and her homeschool style leans towards a Montessori approach with a heavy emphasis on hands-on learning. Trish’s family is Messianic and they love studying the Scriptures, learning Hebrew and growing in their faith and walk daily. In her spare time, Trish loves to travel, write, work in their garden and can regularly be found trying to learn something new, modeling that learning is indeed a life-long endeavor!

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