Common sense is not always common. Just ask Thomas Paine. In 1776, he published a pamphlet called “Common Sense” that changed the course of history. It was a call to arms for the American Revolution, and it resonated with people who were tired of being ruled by an arrogant monarchy. The pamphlet was so influential that it’s still studied today in classrooms across the country. Students learn about Paine’s persuasive writing style and how he used logic and reason to convince people to fight for their freedom. They also explore the impact that media has on public opinion and how a single voice can change the world. Thomas Paine and “Common Sense” is an essential lesson in American history.