growing pains• Before Thomas Pain immigrated to America he worked as a tax collector in england. He was ﬁred from his job because of one of the propositions he made to about lifting wages for tax collectors. George Washington heard of this proposition and admired the young mans drive and sponsored his immigration to America
• During this time the colonies felt like they had no control- England controlled everything. Thomas Pain came over right as the colonies were at war with England. Thomas Pain took part in the revolt against Britain, taking a much different approach.
• Thomas Pain created a 47 page pamphlet about American independence. It was organized into different sections, devoted to different topics. It talked about slavery, the king’s power womens rights... Pain ran into a problem. Because it basically talked about dethroning monarchy- no printers wanted print it. Finally on February 14, 1776 Common Sense was printed. In three months 120,000 copies were sold- half a million were sold in a year.
• Common Sense became huge. People would read it on corners of streets- everyone owned a copy of Common sense. It was, at that time equivocal to a bible. Many founding fathers agreed on Pains thought of anti slavery but were afraid to stand up against slavery due to all the problems ending it would cause..
• poor thomas pain there he lies: no body laughs and no body cries where he has gone and how he fares- nobody knows and nobody cares.