Society's Interests and American Independence Analytical Essay by Ste

Society's Interests and American Independence
An examination of the reasons why the American colonists could not reconcile with England, according to Thomas Paine's "common Sense."
# 112907 | 727 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Mar 12, 2009 in History (U.S. Birth of the Nation 1750-1800)

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This paper sets out to prove that the American colonists, based on the evidence and key points of Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" and the U.S. Declaration of Independence, saw no chance in reconciling or staying with England. It discusses how the colonists sought out how to merge the interests of society (particularly human equality and the laws of nature) with those of government.

From the Paper:

"Common Sense and the Declaration formulated and synthesized what was already on many colonists' minds, and, while neither was an objective piece, each nevertheless evoked what many considered innate truths on the nature of government and human equality. Human equality for the colonists came to symbolize an imminently desirable goal, one that could only be found in independence from Great Britain. A government based upon humanistic principles of human equality was a government that began "at the right end" (Paine 108). Becoming first-rate citizens with a clear sense of self-determination and representation was the meaning of human equality to American colonists."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Jefferson, Thomas. U.S. Declaration of Independence.
  • Paine, Thomas. Common Sense (Penguin Classics). New York: Penguin Classics, 1982.

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