Common Sense: and Related Writings / Edition 1

Common Sense: and Related Writings / Edition 1

by Thomas Paine
     
 

Thomas Paine’s Common Sense is one of the most important and often assigned primary documents of the Revolutionary era. This edition of the pamphlet is unique in its inclusion of selections from Paine’s other writings from 1775 and 1776 — additional essays that contextualize Common Sense and provide unusual insight on both the writer

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Thomas Paine’s Common Sense is one of the most important and often assigned primary documents of the Revolutionary era. This edition of the pamphlet is unique in its inclusion of selections from Paine’s other writings from 1775 and 1776 — additional essays that contextualize Common Sense and provide unusual insight on both the writer and the cause for which he wrote. The volume introduction includes coverage of Paine’s childhood and early adult years in England, arguing for the significance of personal experience, environment, career, and religion in understanding Paine’s influential political writings. The volume also includes a glossary, a chronology, 12 illustrations, a selected bibliography, and questions for consideration.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312201487
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date:
11/17/2000
Series:
Bedford Cultural Editions Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
152
Sales rank:
280,442
Product dimensions:
6.29(w) x 8.33(h) x 0.44(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
A Note on the Texts

PART I. INTRODUCTION: THOMAS PAINE'S AMERICA
Young Tom Paine
Growing Up
Excise Man
Passages
Slavery
British Army
Marriage
Common Sense
Publication and Circulation
Equality
Biblical Authority
The Economy of Freedom
Intellectual Influences
Propaganda
The Forester
Radical Politics
The American Crisis
Thomas Paine's Future

PART TWO. DOCUMENTS
African Slavery in America, 1774
A Serious Thought, October 18, 1775
A Dialogue between General Wolfe and General Gage in a Wood Near Boston, January 4, 1775
Thoughts on Defensive War, July 1775
Reflections on Unhappy Marriages, June 1775
Common Sense, January 10, 1776
The Forester, Number 1, 1776
The American Crisis, Number 1, December 19, 1776

APPENDIXES
A Thomas Paine Chronology
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography

Index

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