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ABOUT THE BOOK
No, you shouldnt only read Common Sense because its going to appear on your upcoming AP exam (although this writer was no exception to that rule during her time). A critique of Americas then-state of oppressionwhose words helped launched the open debate for independence and paved the way for the American Revolutionholds as much relevance for todays audience as it did during Paines era. Paine, the masterful writer, not only captured the sentiments of his generation of restless colonists eager for freedom, but has continued to do so today through his words timeless ability to incite ongoing generations of protesters and civil rights revolutionists in their expeditions for equality and justice.
For this writer, Paines triumph into fame by way of his daring prose remains a high source of inspiration for my own passion to share through the written word (and a personal reminder to not be afraid of expressing my ideas, as I become my own worst critic). Paine is proof that well-written, passionate prose has the power to stir revolutions! Besides, when can you ever deny needing a little common sense for yourself?
MEET THE AUTHOR
LeAnne Bagnall is a professional Los Angeles-based writer and editor who specializes in American literature, culture, lifestyle, health, and community. She earned a BA in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Specialization in American Cultures and Global Contexts.
EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK
In the second section, Paine brusquely refutes the principles of monarchy and of hereditary succession. Paine references the Bible several times to make his case that the foundation of a monarchy is plainly against the path of the scripture. He calls the government of kings outright idolatry, a form of government which did not result from divinity or from naturebut rather from the Heathens who sprang from unruly gangs and ruthlessly conquered their way into power against the will of the people.
Quite bold for his day, Paine unabashedly refers to the founder of Englands monarchy, William the Conqueror, as a French bastard who pillaged his way to prideful leadership against the will of the people. Furthermore, the hereditary succession of kings does not guarantee that moral virtue is also hereditary, and that future generations will continually be ruled by gracious leaders on the throne. The passing of elderly kings to their infant sons can leave nations in a state of vulnerability in which special interest, enemies, and corruption can thrive...
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LeAnne Bagnall is a professional Los Angeles-based writer and editor who specializes in American literature, culture, lifestyle, health, and community. LeAnne has been writing on topics of charity, philanthropy, health and wellness, and current events for a number of publications over the past five years. She earned a BA in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Specialization in American Cultures and Global Contexts in 2006, and is trained in non-profit board management. She enjoys writing fiction, reading 20th century American and non-Western literature, swing dancing, watching classic film, collecting antiques, volunteering to support veterans, and spending her free time appreciating classic car culture.