On this day in 1776, freedom began to ring. According to History.com, it was on this day that “writer Thomas Paine published his pamphlet “Common Sense,” setting forth his arguments in favor of American independence.” (Some websites say the pamphlet was published on Jan. 10, so let’s just celebrate it all weekend.)
In 1774, after a series of personal and professional failures, Paine moved from England to America, thanks to the suggestion from none other than Benjamin Franklin.
Soon after his arrival in America came the first battles of the American Revolution, and Paine started to call for complete independence from Great Britain. He then wrote his bold ideas in the 50-page pamphlet, “Common Sense.”
The pamphlet played a huge role in uniting residents of the American colonies around the idea of independence.
“While it likely had little effect on the actual writing of the Declaration of Independence, ‘Common Sense’ forced the issue on the streets, making the colonists see that a grave issue was upon them and that a public discussion was direly needed,” Bio.com reports.
This catalyst of the Revolution sold more than 500,000 copies, and undoubtedly paved the way for the Declaration which was ratified about six months after “Common Sense’s” debut.