writing assignment 469

You are an American colonist living in Boston in February of 1776. The American Revolution has begun yet the American colonies have not declared independence. You just read Thomas Paine’s Common Sense advocating Independence and you begin to remember two separate sermons you heard the previous year given by the Tory ministers Jonathan Boucher and Charles Inglis arguing against independence. Afterwards, you begin to formulate your stance on American independence. Are you a rebel or a Tory? Is it time to declare independence from the British? You will write a 5-6 page letter to anyone of your choosing explaining your stance on American independence and attempt to sway them to your way of thinking. You will use Paine’sCommon Sense and the sermons of Boucher and Inglis (files attached) to build your argument as well as 3 additional primary sources of your choosing. In other words, you need to explain why you agree with one and disagree with the other. In the letter, you need to clearly state your opinion on declaring independence and clearly explain to your reader why they should make the same decision. I want you to make an argument and use examples from the source material to back it up. You must cite the examples that you use in footnotes. Your paper must be at least five full pages long! Your paper must be double-spaced in 12pt. Times New Roman font. For any additional information you can consult with me. Please make sure to use three additional sources.

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