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In 1775 the political strife between the colonies and Great Britain turned into outright warfare. Nevertheless, many Americans questioned whether the goal of the conflict should be the creation of an independent nation or simply a renegotiation of the colonies’ relationship with Great Britain. Thomas Paine’s pamphlet Common Sense, published in January 1776, helped convince the colonists that monarchy was a corrupt and tyrannical system and that they would be better off independent. The document was widely read and helped shift American public opinion toward Revolution.

Source: Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776.

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