Common Sense

Thomas Paine's Historical Essays Advocating Independence in the American Revolution and Asserting Human Rights and Equ

Thomas Paine

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In Common Sense, Thomas Paine sparked the fire that turned into the American Revolution by starting with "These are the times that try men's souls." His words solidified a nation to believe that freedom was worth fighting for and that diplomacy had been exhausted, leaving no other recourse than war. It presented many unique ideas of the time such as questioning the fairness of a hereditary kingship and the overbearing nature of treating a colony as a revenue source that can be abused. No other book in American history has been read by a larger part of the population at the time of its release than Common Sense, arguably making it the most influential book on the United States.

Thomas Paine was born in England in 1737 and worked as a corset maker in his teens and, later, as a sailor and schoolteacher before becoming a prominent pamphleteer. In 1774, Paine arrived in Philadelphia and soon came to support American independence.
Two years later, his 47-page pamphlet sold some 500,000 copies, powerfully influencing American opinion. Paine went on to serve in the U.S. Army and to work for the Committee of Foreign Affairs before returning to Europe in 1787. Back in England, he continued writing pamphlets in support of revolution. He released "The Rights of Man," supporting the French Revolution in 1791-92, in answer to Edmund Burke's famous "Reflections on the Revolution in France" (1790).
His sentiments were highly unpopular with the still-monarchal British government, so he fled to France, where he was later arrested for his political opinions. He returned to the United States in 1802 and died in New York in 1809.

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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 82
Erscheinungsdatum 23.05.2010
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-61589-020-0
Verlag Megalodon Entertainment LLC.
Maße (L/B/H) 22.9/15.2/0.4 cm
Gewicht 134 g

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