Common Sense would be a significant publication for its writing alone—unique among the pamphlets of the American Revolution. Its phraseology is extremely engaging, at times brilliant, at times ridiculous, sometimes stunning in imagery and penetration, and grows more vivid as the pamphlet goes. It has been called America's first best-selling book.
Common Sense had several factors that made it so popular among Americans. First, it was written by an unknown man who sold copies from the back of a cart. Second, it was about something everyone wanted to read about: freedom. Third, it was not abstract or scholarly; instead it was simple and accessible to anyone with an interest in the events going on around them. Finally, it made sense! Without getting too sentimental about this thing called "the summer of our lives," it's interesting to note that both George Washington and John Adams claimed they read the whole thing in one sitting.
Common Sense had many influences on people during its creation. It was probably inspired by the work of French philosopher/writer Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, especially his novel Paul et Virginie (1772). It also may have taken cues from Thomas Paine's The Rights of Man (1791), which was an influential political pamphlet that spread awareness about human rights.
Common Sense is considered by many to be the first anti-slavery pamphlet.
Although they are rarely used now, pamphlets were an essential medium for the dissemination of ideas from the 16th through the 19th century. "Common Sense," originally published anonymously, campaigned for American colonies' independence from Britain and is regarded as one of the most significant pamphlets in American history. The short essay made many points in support of its case, including arguments such as "to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."
It has been said that "common sense is not a trait, but rather a set of traits: openness to new experience, a willingness to try things out, a belief that problems have solutions that are worth trying... Without these traits, life would be much less interesting and we would all be living in some small community on top of a big mountain with no electricity or running water."
The significance of George Washington's involvement with "common sense" is that it shows that he was aware of how important an idea this was, and how it could help persuade people to vote for America's independence from Britain.
Common Sense is a 47-page pamphlet published by Thomas Paine in 1775-1776 and distributed to citizens in the Thirteen Colonies urging independence from the United Kingdom. Paine marshaled moral and political arguments in simple and appealing writing to persuade regular people in the colonies to struggle for egalitarian rule. The pamphlet has had an enormous influence on the development of democracy throughout the world.
Common Sense has been called the most successful argument for independence ever written. It made the case that the thirteen American colonies were not beholden to the king of England, but rather that they were sovereign nations who deserved to be free. The common man could understand this argument because it wasn't based on Latin terminology or historical references; instead, it presented clear and simple reasons for freedom which anyone can understand.
Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense as a response to the British government's actions during the Revolutionary War. The King ordered the arrest of Samuel Adams and John Hancock, two leaders of the resistance, for treason. He also banned the publication of any material supporting the rebellion. In fear for his life, Paine left Britain and arrived in New York City on May 15, 1776. There he began to distribute copies of Common Sense across the country. The effect was immediate: Within a few months, three quarters of the colonies had voted to break away from England.
Paine used plain English without any formal education to produce one of the most influential political pamphlets in history.
One of the primary reasons Thomas Paine's pamphlet became so successful was that, unlike many other writers of the day, Paine utilized a lot of common sense reasoning that normal people could grasp. History would turn out to be kind to Thomas Paine. The world read his essay "Common Sense" and saw that it made very good sense. His argument that the existing government of his time was not doing the job it was supposed to do and that we needed a new government with more power than what had been given it previously was not only accepted but also helped fuel the American Revolution.
Paine is said to have used common sense in his writing because he wanted to speak directly to the public instead of through an attorney or politician. This way of writing got him into trouble with the British government once they found out about "The Crisis", but it also made him very popular among Americans too.
People today are still turning to Paine for advice on how to lead better lives. In fact, some people even think he is the true creator of America because he is considered the father of the United States. He had many ideas that were important for our country to become what it is today and he presented them in a clear manner that anyone can understand.
Some say that common sense is overused by everyone as a reason why things like decisions or actions should be approved or rejected without needing a deeper understanding.
The original 14th century definition of "common sense" was a sense similar to our other senses. It was an interior emotion that was thought to be the common tie that unified all the other human senses, known as the "five wits," and was similar to what we now term "heart." Over time, this emotional sense was forgotten until it returned in the 18th century with Thomas Paine.
Common sense is based on simple feelings which affect everyone the same way. It is an instinct inside us all that tells us not to walk behind a moving train or down the middle of a road. We should use our common sense to help us be safe and stay out of trouble.
Thomas Paine created the phrase in 1776 when he wrote, "Common sense is the most valuable gift you can give your children - because it is completely within their control." He wanted people to have faith in themselves so they wouldn't depend on kings or governments for their safety.
Since then, "common sense" has been used to describe many things but mainly it means using your judgment to decide what action to take. This book would be called Common Sense about Marriage because it explains how even though two people may love each other very much, they shouldn't get married if their families don't want them to.