By (author) Thomas Paine
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Common Sense by Thomas Paine
Book DescriptionWhen Common Sense was published in January 1776, it sold, by some estimates, a stunning 150,000 copies in the colonies. What exactly made this pamphlet so appealing? This is a question not only about the state of mind of Paine's audience, but also about the role of public opinion and debate, the function of the press, and the shape of political culture in the colonies.This Broadview edition of Paine's famous pamphlet attempts to reconstruct the context in which it appeared and to recapture the energy and passion of the dispute over the political future of the British colonies in North America. Included along with the text of Common Sense are some of the contemporary arguments for and against the Revolution by John Dickinson, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson; materials from the debate that followed the pamphlet's publication showing the difficulty of the choices facing the colonists; the Declaration of Independence; and the Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781551115719
(216mm x 140mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Broadview Press Ltd
Publisher: Broadview Press Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: Canada
Books By Author Thomas Paine
Common Sense, the Crisis, & Other Writings from the American Revolution, Paperback / softback (April 2015)
Selected Writings of Thomas Paine, Paperback (January 2015)View all books by Thomas Paine
A central figure in Western history and American political thought, Thomas Paine continues to provoke debate among politicians and scholars. This volume contains Paine's Common Sense in its entirety, including the oft-ignored Appendix, as well as selections from his other major writings: The American Crisis, Rights of Man, and The Age of Reason.
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Author Biography - Thomas Paine
Edward Larkin is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Delaware. He is the author of Thomas Paine and the Literature of Revolution (Cambridge, 2005). His current scholarship focuses on loyalism and empire in the early United States.
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