Make sure to reflect on any social group the document references. In other words, which social group or groups are at the forefront of the document? Women? Workers?
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Primary Source Assignment (20 points)
The purpose of the template is to provide students a guideline to help answer basic questions regarding primary sources, such as; the importance of the document, contextualization (the historical backdrop of the document), and the identification of the group or groups impacted by the central issues discussed in the document.
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On your own paper, use the template to complete the tasks below. Make sure your answers are contiguous as to create one paragraph as the final product, rather than independent sections.
Limit your response to ONE PAGE, double-spaced, 12 size text, Time New Roman font. I will not read beyond one page.
In his/her (genre: book, speech, letter, article, poem, essay, etc;) titled ___________,? (Authors full name name) argues that ( identify the main argument) ___________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Furthermore, (authors last name) argues that (include additional meaningful arguments) _____________________
(Authors last name) is (pointing out/reacting to) (contextualize/provide the historical backdrop) _______________
The importance of (authors name) & (genre) is ______________________________________________________
Make sure to reflect on any social group the document references. In other words, which social group or groups are at the forefront of the document? Women? Workers? Immigrants? Farmers? Slaves? Nobility? Etc?
Thomas Paine Common Sense
(Excerpt from a pamphlet) (1776)
MANKIND being originally equals in the order of creation, the equality could only be destroyed by some subsequent circumstance: the distinctions of rich and poor may in a great measure be accounted for, and that without having recourse to the harsh ill-sounding names of oppression and avarice. Oppression is often the CONSEQUENCE, but seldom or never the MEANS of riches; and tho’ avarice will preserve a man from being necessitously poor, it generally makes him too timorous to be wealthy.
But there is another and great distinction for which no truly natural or religious reason can be assigned, and that is the distinction of men into KINGS and SUBJECTS. Male and female are the distinctions of nature, good and bad the distinctions of Heaven; but how a race of men came into the world so exalted above the rest, and distinguished like some new species, is worth inquiring into, and whether they are the means of happiness or of misery to mankind.
In the early ages of the world, according to the scripture chronology there were no kings; the consequence of which was, there were no wars; it is the pride of kings which throws mankind into confusion?
To the evil of monarchy we have added that of hereditary succession; and as the first is a degradation and lessening of ourselves, so the second, claimed as a matter of right, is an insult and imposition on posterity. For all men being originally equals, no one by birth could have a right to set up his own family in perpetual preference to all others for ever, and tho’ himself might deserve some decent degree of honours of his contemporaries, yet his descendants might be far too unworthy to inherit them. One of the strongest natural proofs of the folly of hereditary right in Kings, is that nature disapproves it, otherwise she would not so frequently turn it into ridicule, by giving mankind an ASS FOR A LION.
? I have heard it asserted by some, that as America has flourished under her former connection with Great Britain, the same connection is necessary towards her future happiness, and will always have the same effect. Nothing can be more fallacious than this kind of argument. We may as well assert that because a child has thrived upon milk, that it is never to have meat, or that the first twenty years of our lives is to become a precedent for the next twenty?
? But Britain is the parent country, say some. Then the more shame upon her conduct. Even brutes do not devour their young, nor savages make war upon their families. Wherefore, the assertion, if true, turns to her reproach; but it happens not to be true, or only partly so, and the phrase PARENT OR MOTHER COUNTRY hath been jesuitically adopted by the King and his parasites, with a low papistical design of gaining an unfair bias on the credulous weakness of our minds. Europe, and not England, is the parent country of America. This new World hath been the asylum for the persecuted lovers of civil and religious liberty from EVERY PART of Europe. Hither have they fled, not from the tender embraces of the mother, but from the cruelty of the monster; and it is so far true of England, that the same tyranny which drove the first emigrants from home, pursues their descendants still.
? Let the names of Whig and Tory be extinct; and let none other be heard among us, than those of a good citizen, an open and resolute friend, and a virtuous supporter of the RIGHTS of MANKIND, and of the FREE AND INDEPENDENT STATES OF AMERICA.
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