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.
* 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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