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The Struggle for American Independence: Common Sense

Tenth Amendment Center: 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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 if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.


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