Common Sense

Common Sense

by Thomas Paine
     
 

Without Thomas Paine, the United States of America would not be the strong and independent country it is today. In 1776 Paine insightfully argued that it would only be a short time before the colonies would break with England. Within the first three months of its publication, Common Sense sold 120,000 copies and became the foundation for American politicalSee more details below

Overview

Without Thomas Paine, the United States of America would not be the strong and independent country it is today. In 1776 Paine insightfully argued that it would only be a short time before the colonies would break with England. Within the first three months of its publication, Common Sense sold 120,000 copies and became the foundation for American political literature. Paine's vision and quotable slogans defined the United States at its most critical point in history and remains relevant for today's citizens.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879759186
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
12/28/1995
Series:
Great Books in Philosophy
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
67
Sales rank:
1,231,261
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.29(d)
Lexile:
1330L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

"Thomas Paine ... was an English and American political activist, philosopher, political theorist and revolutionary. As the author of the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, he inspired the rebels in 1776 to declare independence from Britain. His ideas reflected Enlightenment-era rhetoric of transnational human rights. He has been called 'a corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination'. ... Born in Thetford, England, in the county of Norfolk, Paine emigrated to the British American colonies in 1774 with the help of Benjamin Franklin, arriving just in time to participate in the American Revolution. Virtually every rebel read (or listened to a reading of) his powerful pamphlet Common Sense (1776), the all-time best-selling American title which crystallized the rebellious demand for independence from Great Britain. His The American Crisis (1776-83) was a prorevolutionary pamphlet series. Common Sense was so influential that John Adams said, 'Without the pen of the author of Common Sense, the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain.' ..." -from Wikipedia

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