Common Sense, Rights of Man, and Other Essential Writings Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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Introduction and Appendix

• Thomas Paine introduces the main reasons for writing Common Sense along with why he remains anonymous at this point.

• After detailing the scenario for an ideal society, Paine discusses the need for elected officials.

• Paine criticizes the monarchy for its hypocritical approach to appointing leaders through heredity.

• The inability of the British to effectively govern America from a distance is summarized by Paine.

• The benefits of America's Independence are explained and Paine expresses his relentless support for the American Revolution.

The Crisis

• Paine begins The Crisis by stating that the war will not be easily won, but the victory will be well worth the effort.

• George Washington's character and mind are admired as the American soldiers overcome hardships in crossing the Delaware.

• Paine talks about the use of religion in politics and the negative results of it.

• A recount of Howe's surrender to...

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