This workshop explores the power and importance of America's first "bestseller," Thomas Paine's Common Sense. Using the language of ordinary folk, Paine called for revolution and challenged many commonly held assumptions about government and the colonies' relationship to England. By looking at Common Sense,comparing it with the local declarations of independence, and then comparing it with the Declaration of Independence, you can explore the growing support for American independence in the 1770s.
To gain a deeper understanding of historical content of the revolutionary period through reading and discussing primary source documents.
To gain greater familiarity with the mind of Thomas Paine and its expression in Common Sense.
To explore the power and influence of Common Sense within its time and in relation to the American Revolution.
To examine a range of print materials that influenced Americans to support the revolutionary cause.
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