46 Pages Book Review
Liell, Scott. 46 Pages, Thomas Paine, Common Sense, and the Turning Point to American Independence. Running Press. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 2003.
Imagine having a front row seat, or better yet, a hand in what is considered to be the one of the greatest moments in history. Scott Liell is able to provide his audience that experience through his written account of the spectacular events that led to the signing of The Declaration of Independence.
The author’s task is to try to put into words the frustrations of Englishman Thomas Paine, who is well versed in what is going on in the “world of politics”. He is fed up with the “iron fist” ruling methods of the British government, and wants change. At the recommendation of Dr. Benjamin Franklin, Paine embarks upon a journey to the American colonies arriving in Pennsylvania in late 1775 to explore the available opportunities (43). Ultimately landing a job as a ghost writer for a new monthly publication, it is here that Paine realizes that people are interested in what he has to say. He has found an outlet for his voice as a political advocate and is becoming popular amongst his peers (51).
The essential challenge is America gaining its Independence from the British’s tyrannical ruler-ship. This is developed because “commoners” realized that they really had no voice in a monarchial government that was essentially ruled by the king and parliament (75-76). This is further developed in the text as the Americans realize that they are entitled to their liberty and independence. The author shows how Paine, as a writer, is able to make valid argument for the people and publish a piece of work that gets the attention they need to have their voices heard. His thesis of America being entitled to its independence is tested by the popularity of Thomas Paine’s political writings, and proven by his publishing of 46 Pages.
This book is extremely significant in confronting the...
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