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by Thomas Paine
ISBN 1566197007 / 9781566197007 / 1-56619-700-7
Publisher Fall River Press
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Thomas Paine's COMMON SENSE first appeared on January 10, 1776, and the stroke of luck it enjoyed upon its appearance could hardly have been calculated to greater effect. The political tract immediately became the moral and intellectual touchstone for American colonists struggling to articulate their case for independence from England. It sold over 120,000 copies within 3 months of its publication.
The United States of America owes its existence in part to the incendiary brilliance of the work. COMMON SENSE challenged the authority of the British government and the royal monarchy and was the first document to openly ask for independence. Paine convincingly argued that the time for debate was over and that it was now time for American colonists to raise arms. In fact, it was Paine's writing style in key part that widened the boundaries of public debate. COMMON SENSE'S arguments were accessible to nearly every colonial reader, empowering most colonists to confront the daunting challenges they faced.
Born in England in 1737, Thomas Paine emigrated the America in 1774, where he helped edit the PENNSYLVANIA MAGAZINE. In January 1776, he published COMMON SENSE, which solidified his reputation in American history, as well as other political and revolutionary works. He died in New York City in 1809.[via]