This is a structured writing assignment based on the Liell's thesis that of all Revolutionary era activities none persuaded the colonials to think of themselves as American citizens rather than British subjects as much as Thomas Paine's "Common Sense."
Sections developed include: 1) early life experiences, 2) differentiating between self-government and subject government, 3) the phenomenal distribution of "Common Sense" given technology of the time, and three (3) more Roman Numeral main ideas that bring "Common Sense" to contemporary times by analyzing Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Justice Elena Kagan, and "Constitution Café" author Christopher Phillips' comments that neither the "Declaration of Independence" nor the "U.S. Constitution" are relevant models for today's jurisprudence, for today's new republics and democracies, or even our own republic.
The concern with these three critics is that they advocate that our founding documents are out-of-date to populations who have not read or comprehended either document. Students must read both documents as part of the assignment and plain English sites of each documents are included.
This writing assignment requires higher level analysis and writing and can be used as an APUSH DBQ. This is appropriate for HIST 1301 monograph assignment as well.