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AP History Question:
Compare and Contrast Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence, with Thomas Paine’s Pamphlet “Common Sense.” Which had the greater effect on revolutionary America? Use specific examples to support the argument.
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There are many differences between Thomas’s Jefferson Declaration of Independence, and Thomas Paine’s Pamphlet “Common Sense.” When I think about it, they both had a great effect on American Constitutional history. First of all these documents help Americans inside the Revolutionary War, between the Colonies, and the British Empire. One of them had many signatures on it, and another one was written by a person who was trying to stir about Colonists against the British. It also helped colonists inside the Revolutionary war, and the Revolutionary war would have been much different if these two documents weren’t published or written. What I think is that these documents had an equal effect on the Revolutionary War, and the Revolutionary war would have been way different, if these documents were not created. The documents were also very popular and were very famous globally(especially Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence which influenced lots of people.
Paragraph 2: How Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence helped the Revolutionary War and had an effect on Colonial America, and how it inspired other people.
Thomas Jefferson was an Author of the Declaration of Independence, a document which would help out the Americans on the Revolutionary War, and have a large effect on Colonial America. The Declaration of Independence also helped out on a gathering of colonists and important Americans inside a building to make a new government. It also inspired many other people, after the declaration of Independence. For the Inspiration of people, I know that it inspired other people in other places of the world because Wikipedia says “The Declaration of Independence, inspired many similar documents in other countries the first being The 1789 Declaration of Flanders issued during the Brabant Revolution in the Austrian Netherlands and other countries.” If you’re confused about the Austrian Netherlands….
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The American Revolution had a large effect on Revolutionary America. It stirred up colonists and changed colonist’s minds about the British Empire, and other people inside the colonies. The declaration of Independence reached the British Empire, and other countries in Europe because it was becoming famous, and everybody wanted to see it. says “After the Colonists published the Declaration of Independence, British officials in North America sent copies of the declaration to Great Britain, and was published in British newspapers beginning in mid-August. It reached many places in Europe like Florence and Warsaw Poland in Mid-September and a German translation appeared in Switzerland in October. The Declaration of Independence stirred up thousands of colonists inside the 13 colonies and had a major effect on the United States during that time. An important website called or Surfnetkids, said “The Declaration of Independence is a very important symbol for American Democracy and done of the free charters of freedom. The words stated in the declaration rallied support from colonists at home, and colonists living abroad.” This means that the Declaration of Independence was a very important document during American history that affected many colonists during the American Revolution. The Declaration of Independence that Thomas Jefferson wrote had a big impact on the American Revolution. The Website US Department of State says “By issuing the Declaration of Independence adopted by the continental congress on July 4, 1776, the colonies served their political connections to Great Britain. The Declaration summarized the colonist’s motivations for seeking independence. By declaring themselves an independent nation, the American colonies were able to confirm an official alliance with the government of France and obtain French assistance in the war against Great Britain. Also, the website Alpha History states: “For all it’s idealism and philosophical content, the Declaration of Independence was designed to primarily to achieve reach practical outcomes. With this document, the second Continental Congress helped to draw Americans closer to the revolution; to inspire men to enlist the Continental Army or the various state militias; to convince those still equivocating states that the Revolutionary cause was right; and show foreign nations-particular France-that the revolution was being waged by a single nation rather than thirteen small and disparate colonies. At this time it was written most people did not consider it to be of great importance; it seemed to be just another in the Continental Congress’ stream of declaration and petitions.” This means that the Declaration of Independence stirred up lots of American colonists during the Revolutionary war, and help them by allied up with the government of France. Alpha history also said “After Congress ratified the Declaration of July 4, its official printer, John Dunlap was asked to produce 200 copies. They became known as the “Dunlap Broadsides” and were distributed amongst the members of the Congress, who turn it in copies onto state assemblies, committees of safety and high-ranking officials in the Continental Army. Washington received a copy of the Declaration of Independence on July 6 and ordered that his men be paraded three days later so that the document could be read to them. This means that it the Declaration of Independence was heard by many colonists at that time. To sum up this paragraph, Thomas Jefferson who wrote the Declaration of Independence got popular around the world, and that many colonial people read it, and it was shared with world leaders across the globe.
Paragraph 3: Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, and how it affected the American Revolution, and how it reached other people.
Thomas Paine’s Common Sense reached a lot of people, and also had a big effect on the Revolution. says “Paine was born in England in 1737 and worked as a corset maker in his teens, and later, as a sailor and a school teacher becoming a prominent pamphleteer. In 1774, Paine arrived in Philadelphia and soon came to support American Independence. Two years later, his 47-page pamphlet sold some 500,000 copies, powerfully influencing American opinion. Paine went on to serve the U.S army and to work for the committee of foreign affairs before returning to Europe in 1787.” This means that Thomas’s Paine Common Sense was a very popular article during the American Revolution. Schmoop also said “In Common Sense, Paine made a persuasive and passionate argument to the colonists, about the cause of independence was just and urgent. The first prominent pamphlets to advocate a complete break with England, Paine successfully convinced a great many Americans who’d previously thought of themselves as loyal, is disrupted, subjects of the king.” This means that the Article Common sense got a lot of Americans who were loyalists to not work for the kind and also stirred up many Americans to become independent from the British Empire. To sum this paragraph up Thomas Paine’s Common Sense also had a major effect on the Revolutionary War, and it got lots of people to have copies of Common Sense, and it also stirred up many Americans.
Paragraph 4: Comparing Thomas’s Paine Common Sense and Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence. Which one had a greater effect on the American Revolution?
Thomas Paine’s Common Sense and Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration were very different, and they affected a lot of people. The Website says “In 1774, Paine arrived in Philadephia and soon came to support American Independence. Two years later, his 47-page pamphlet sold some 500,000 copies, power influencing American opinion.” This means that Thomas Paine’s Common Sense sold more than 500,000 copies in 1774, meaning that a lot of colonists saw this and that this might have had a major effect on the Revolutionary War, and Colonial America. Also, said “Common Sense sold almost 100,000 copies in 1776, and according to Paine, 120,0000 copies were sold in 3 months. And one biographer estimates that 500,000 copies sold in the first year. Due to heavy advertisements, Common Sense was an immediate sensation not only in Philadelphia but also across the thirteen colonies.” This means that Thomas Paine’s Common Sense also influenced lots of people, and was a very popular book during its time. Many people say that it influenced the Declaration of Independence, which means that Common Sense had a major effect on the American Revolution. Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence also influenced lots of people. Wikipedia says “After the Declaration of Independence was published, British officials in North America sent copies of the Declaration to Great Britain. It also went to other places like Florence and Warsaw Poland in Mid September and a German Translation arrived in Switzerland in October. 2 copies were sent to France, one of them got lost and the 2nd copy arrived in November 1776. It arrived in Brazil by Brazilian student “Vendek” who met Jefferson.” This means that after the Declaration of Independence was published many people saw it in North and South America that it affected, and it also stirred up many people in Europe including those in the British Empire too. Wikipedia also says “The Declaration of Independence inspired a document for Austrian-Netherlands, and their Revolution, and the Declaration of Independence was used as inspiration or copied parts of it for Independence from countries like Russian Empire, Venezuela, Vietnam, Haiti, Columbia, Some parts of South America who where trying to gain independence from the Spanish Empire, Dominican Republic, Texas, Californian Republic, Hungary, New Zealand, Czechoslovakia, and a part of South Africa. This means that the Declaration of Independence had a massive effect on the American Revolution and other countries’ history. And it might have helped gather up European allies for them against the British, during the Revolutionary War. And the British were surely affected and surprised by this document. Both Common Sense and Thomas Jefferson inspired many people and was very popular at the American Revolution and Colonial America and time after Colonial America. These two documents written by Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine did great damage to the British Empire during The American Revolution. Common Sense and The Declaration of Independence had an equal amount of effect on the American Revolution.
To sum it up for the whole page, the American Revolution was greatly affected by Thomas Paine’s Common Sense and Thomas jefferson’s Declaration of Independence. It would have been much much different without these two documents. And the American Revolution would be much stranger without these two documents. Without these two important documents, the American Revolution would have been much difernt and America wouldn’t have even won the war! Looks like I’m out of paper, and ideas, so I guess it’s THE END!
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