1776 - Common Sense
January, 1776 - Even among the delegates to the Continental Congress, there are disagreements. Some men, called "Loyalists," still want to remain faithful to Britain. Others, including North Carolinians, demand complete independence. The turning point comes when Thomas Paine writes a pamphlet entitled "Common Sense." His strong words convince the colonies to cut all ties with Britain. Finally, there is solid support for Independence.