Thomas Paine Book Report

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I’m Thomas Paine; I’m the author of Common Sense. I was born in Great Britain but moved to the Americas in 1774, with the help of Benjamin Franklin. My original title I had for the pamphlet was turned down by one of my good friends; he suggested Common Sense. Initially, I didn’t sign my name on the pamphlet because I was nervous of how it would be perceived. I am different from the colonists in that I laid to blame the king, whereas the colonists blamed the king’s ministers and Parliament. I wrote it in such a way that no one could misinterpret my true meanings. Britain had no right to be our “mother country.” They are treating us horribly, with all of their intolerable acts. It would take years for us to get a response on a petition from

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