Incendiary Revolutionary Rhetoric

Questions in the Historical Profession –Incendiary Revolutionary Rhetoric

I. Readings

Read this book and answer the questions below

·     “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine,

IV. Directions and Prompt

Thomas Paine’s pamphlet “Common Sense” is largely considered to be one of the most incendiary pamphlets every written in terms of its popularity, its pointed rhetoric and language, the ubiquity of the pamphlet (both in terms of distribution and being read aloud in taverns and street corners), and in its persuasive ability in setting the colonies to unite and declare independence from Great Britain.

In a response that is at least 250 words and that addresses the pamphlet to support its claims, respond to the following question:

·     Why was Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” so incendiary and persuasive in its calls for independence.?


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