Tom Paine: Common Sense

This 5 page paper discusses Thomas Paine’s Revolutionary War pamphlet “Common Sense” with regard to what he says about reasons for breaking from Britain, and for keeping government simple. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson

A 3 page paper which compares Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” with Thomas Jefferson’s “The Virginia Act For Establishing Religious Freedom.” Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Two Pre-Revolutionary Periods

This 5 page paper delves into the period of the American Enlightenment and the time just before the American Revolution. The two eras are compared and contrasted and literature to emanate from the day is discussed. Ideas from Thomas Paine's Common Sense is included. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Common Sense and the War of 1812

A 4 page paper which examines the popularity of Common Sense by Thomas Paine and then examines the War of 1812. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Jefferson & Paine as Writers

A 3 page research paper that discusses the writing styles of Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine and whether Paine's work can be considered as literature. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

The Political Propaganda of Thomas Paine

An 8 page overview of the life and philosophies of Thomas Paine. While modern history remembers him as a critical contributor to American and French independence, Thomas Paine left this world with a dubious reputation. His political contributions, however, are today considered invaluable both in regard to their inspiring the American Revolution and in regard to their inspiring the French Revolution. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Rousseau, Jefferson, Paine & The Enlightenment

A 4 page research paper that discusses these eighteenth century authors. During the eighteenth century, trends in politics, society and religion culminated in the philosophical movement known simply as the Enlightenment, which drew its name from the era’s emphasis on reason and rationality (Brians). Enlightenment philosophers subscribed to the belief that “the perfect society could be built on common sense and tolerance” (Brians). Examination of the writing of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine demonstrates the Enlightenment’s emphasis on reason and the idealistic concepts that this encompassed. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Differing Views of the Causes and Impacts of Revolutions

A 4 page overview of the perceptions of Edmund Burke, Maximillien Robespierre, and Thomas Paine. The author of this paper emphasizes the opinions of Thomas Pain and asserts that revolutions do no necessarily result in long-term instability and violence. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Paine And Jefferson: Reflection Of Writings

5 pages in length. The writer discusses the viewpoints of Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson as they relate to establishing America as the country she is today. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

Liberty from 1776 to 2000

This 11 page paper looks at the way in which Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Paine viewed the concept of liberty. Liberty as it exists today is looked at and the legacy of the two great men are incorporated in the overall analysis. The Declaration of Independence is quoted. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

The Evolution of American Literature from the Colonial Period to the Romantic Period

This 5 page paper traces the development of American literature from the religious and puritan themes of colonial sermons to the political writings of the revolutionary years and into the mature use of fiction to reflect reality rather then recreate it in the romantic period. Authors discussed in the paper include John Winthrop, Jonathan Edwards Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Edgar Allen Poe and Emily Dickinson. The bibliography cites 8 sources.

Writers From the 1700's and how their works reflected both worldy and spiritual interests:

This 5 page paper discusses writers such as Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and William Byrd. This paper examines their contributions in terms of writings and how those writings reflect both spiritual and worldy ideals. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

Thomas Paine's 'Rights Of Man' And Edmund Burke's 'Reflections Of The French Revolution': Opposing Views

6 pages in length. At odds with one another's philosophies, Thomas Paine and Edmund Burke addressed their opposition through the written word. In 'Rights of Man,' Paine contends that each individual is due the inherent natural rights that accompany birth; Burke, on the other hand, contends in his 'Reflections of the French Revolution' that the masses are bound by their lowly social status to abide by the aristocracy. Staunch in their respective assertions, the writer discusses how both Paine and Burke were instrumental in launching the social and political debates that continue today. No additional sources cited.

Radical Ideas in Early America

This 8 page paper provides an overview of the ideas to come from the American Revolution as well as ideas which preceded it, such as those which sprang from the Enlightenment. Also discussed is the period shortly after the revolution and more briefly, contemporary American society. The radical nature of the early American ideas is explored. Theorists such as Thomas Paine and John Locke are emphasized. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

The American Constitutions / The Creation of a Private Sector Elite

Though Thomas Jefferson, one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution asserted that each individual should have the unalienable right to 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,' the creation of the American Constitution, based on the Federalist Papers and extending from the First and Second Constitutional Congresses, supported the continuation of caste divisions in the United States. This 6 page paper considers the nature of this assertion, and further defends the argument that the development of a private sector elite stemmed from the actions of men like Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Patrick Henry and George Washington. Bibliography lists 2 sources.