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Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, published first in January, 1776, argued that:

A

The colonists were represented virtually in Parliament and therefore were British subjects with no reason to rebel.

B

Colonists should focus on economic issues and ignore political problems.

C

Colonists should cut their ties with England for a variety of political and economic reasons.

D

Parliament was the problematic entity, and further attempts at reconciliation should ignore them in favor of appealing only to King George III.

E

The divine right of kings meant that any independence movement was doomed, as the colonists were attempting to upset the natural order of the world with talk of independence.

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