The Struggle for American Independence: Common Sense

Before covering the subject of independence, I would be remiss not to include information on America’s most famous pro-independence pamphleteer, Thomas Paine. This lesson tackles some of Paine’s background, his ideas, and the chief arguments in his famous tract Common Sense.

The pamphlet truly became a sensation, making the case for independence in a manner that struck a chord with the typical American. Without holding public office, Paine’s famous diatribe influenced the course of history and helped pave the way to independence.


Recommended Readings

Thomas Paine – Common Sense

Murray Rothbard: Conceived in Liberty

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