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Documentanalysis: Paine, common sense


1.Title of the work: Common Sense

2.Author/ creator: Thomas Paine

3.Original date of publication: 10thJanuary 1776


4.Why did the author/ creator create the work?

Painewanted to put forth the importance of independence and make adistinction between the government and the society. He also wanted toelaborate on the relationship between the government and the society.The monarchial and hereditary succession of the time as well as thecurrent state of affairs of the Americans also drew the author towrite the document.

5.Who is the intended audience of this work?

TheAmerican citizens but most importantly the American troops.

6.What is the author trying to say in his work? To what extend is theauthor successful?

ThomasPaine was simply saying that there was a need for independence in thegovernance of the American State. The author is successful to a greatextent because he was in a position to influence the Americancitizens to declare a war on the colonialists. The work is also asuccess from the wide distribution and sale of the book after it waspublished.

7.In what way can this document be used as a source of historicalevidence?

Thedocument by Paine is a source of historical evidence from the factthat it brings out the governance system of the American in the olddays as well as the colonization of the state.

  1. Is this document biased in some way and if so how? How does this affect its reliability?

Thedocument by Paine portrays biasness. The reason is because it onlydwells on the negative effects of colonialism. The biasness affectsthe reliability in that people would disregard the notions in thepamphlet.

  1. What are the advantages of using this document as a source of historical evidence?

Thedocument by Paine shows the state of governance in the colonial eraas well as the colonial period of the historical times.

  1. What are the drawbacks to using this document as a source of historical evidence?

Thedocument does not give the benefits of the colonialist’sgovernance.

  1. What sources of historical evidence might we use to counter what the author/ creator is saying in this work?

ThomasPaine lost his common sense by David Miller.

  1. What sources of historical evidence might we use to amplify what the author/ creator is saying in this work?

TheBoston Tea Party: The History of North America by W. D. Cooper.

8.Your comments about this work. What did you like? What did you notlike? Why? What did you learn?

Thework by Thomas Paine was critically and carefully designed to presentthe effects it had in revolutionizing the governance of America. Ilike the fact that the author is in a position to arrange his ideasin a manner that the pamphlet presents overwhelming results in makingAmerica a sovereign state. I did not like the way the authorconcentrated on the negative effects of colonialism only. In as muchas colonialism has many negative effects, it is also necessary tohighlight the positive effects it presents. I learnt that we all havea potential of changing the current unfavorable situations in ourlives. Through the pamphlet, Paine was able to initiate the neededchange to end the colonialism regime.