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Common sense

Author: Thomas Paine; Ronald Herder
Publisher: Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, 1997.
Series: Dover thrift editions.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Among the most influential authors and reformers of his age, Thomas Paine (1737-1809) was born in England but went on to play an important role in both the American and French Revolutions. In 1774, he emigrated to America where, for a time, he helped edit the Pennsylvania Magazine. On January 10, 1776, he published his pamphlet Common Sense, a persuasive argument for the colonies' political and economic separation  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Paine; Ronald Herder
ISBN: 0486296024 9780486296029
OCLC Number: 35723731
Notes: Originally published: Philadelphia : William and Thomas Bradford, 1776.
Description: v, 58 p. ; 21 cm.
Series Title: Dover thrift editions.
Responsibility: Thomas Paine ; [editor Ronald Herder].
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"Among the most influential authors and reformers of his age, Thomas Paine (1737-1809) was born in England but went on to play an important role in both the American and French Revolutions. In 1774, he emigrated to America where, for a time, he helped edit the Pennsylvania Magazine. On January 10, 1776, he published his pamphlet Common Sense, a persuasive argument for the colonies' political and economic separation from Britain. Common Sense cites the evils of monarchy, accuses the British government of inflicting economic and social injustices upon the colonies, and points to the absurdity of an island attempting to rule a continent. Credited by George Washington as having changed the minds of many of his countrymen, the document sold over 500,000 copies within a few months. Today, Common Sense remains a landmark document in the struggle for freedom, distinguished not only by Paine's ideas but also by its clear and passionate presentation. Designed to ignite public opinion against autocratic rule, the pamphlet offered a careful balance between imagination and judgment, and appropriate language and expression to fit the subject. It immediately found a receptive audience, heartened Washington's despondent army and foreshadowed much of the phrasing and substance of the Declaration of Independence" -- BACK COVER.

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