Common Sense

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Penguin Books, 1986 - History - 128 pages
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Published anonymously in 1776, six months before the Declaration of Independence, Paine's Common Sense was a radical and impassioned call for America to free itself from British rule and to set up an independent republican government. Savagely attacking hereditary kingship and aristocratic institutions, Paine urged a new beginning for his adopted country in which personal freedom and social equality would be upheld, and economic and cultural progress encouraged. His pamphlet was the first to speak directly to a mass audience - it went through fifty-six editions within a year of publication - and its assertive and often caustic style embodied the democratic spirit he advocated, and converted thousands of citizens to the cause of American independence.
Isaac Kramnick's introduction examines Paine's life and work within the context of the political and social changes taking place in Europe and America in the late eighteenth century.

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Great piece of writing to teach rhetoric and argument . - Goodreads
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"Time makes more converts than reason." Thomas Paine And with that early quote, this reader steadily became enthralled with a founding father. I sincerely wish this novella-sized essay had been ... Read full review

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This is a very important read. I'm going to have to re-read it when I have more quiet time to study. An entire class in high school and/or college could--no should--be based on the writings of Thomas Paine. Read full review

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About the author (1986)

Thomas Paine was born in1737 at Thetford, Norfolk in England, as a son of a Quaker. He immigrated to America in 1774. There he published works criticising the slavery and supporting American independence. He became very popular but returned to England where he became involved in the French Revolution. After that he returned to America where he died in 1802.Isaac Kramnick is Professor of Government at Cornell University and has edited of The Federalist Papers and the Thomas Paine Reader.

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