Common Sense

Common Sense

Book - 2005
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Published anonymously in 1776, six months before the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Paine's Common Sense was a radical and impassioned call for America to free itself from British rule and set up an independent republican government. Savagely attacking hereditary kingship and aristocratic institutions, Paine urged a new beginning for his adopted country in which personal freedom and social equality would be upheld and economic and cultural progress encouraged.  His pamphlet was the first to speak directly to a mass audience--it went through fifty-six editions within a year of publication--and its assertive and often caustic style both embodied the democratic spirit he advocated, and converted thousands of citizens to the cause of American independence.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2005
ISBN: 9780143036258
0143036254
Characteristics: 103 p. ; 19 cm
Call Number: 973.311 PAI

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KyraJR
Jul 20, 2017

It might be true that i only read this because of the musical Hamilton, but i was surprisingly pleased! it was interesting to learn about different thoughts on government and society, and honestly i just love the way Paine writes. I love learning new vocabulary and facts about our history threw this book-it gives great insight on the topics. Many I think wouldn't understand, but this is true- im only 13, but my mind is older. ;-)

robhoma Nov 19, 2015

Very pleased with this edition of 'Common Sense." The book is a direct transcription of the Bradford Edition of the book, published on 2-14-1776. All the mistakes are there, as well as Paine's use of caps and italics. In other words, Paine's enthusiasm oozes onto the pages. The first edition, published by R.Bell, and the second edition, were published one month before. The Bradford edition includes the appendix and is the edition usually assigned by most teachers.

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