With military conflicts escalating, Americans felt divided about their opinions of the current king, King George III. With all this division a pamphlet helped sway people, it was released in January of 1776 the author Thomas Paine released the pamphlet calling it "Common sense". Which became a great call for independence, Paine in the past had served as a small customs official in England until he was let go because he joined a protest wanting higher wages. He then moved to Philadelphia and met other Patriots who shared similar views. In "Common Sense" he assaults the monarchy also leveling a personal attack of King George III. He urged for independence and within 6 months Common Sense had reached thousands of people.