Common Sense (Dover Thrift Editions)

By | October 29, 2017
Common Sense (Dover Thrift Editions) Author Thomas Paine
ISBN-10 0486296024
ISBN-13 9780486296029
Year 1997-04-22
Pages 64
Language English
Publisher Dover Publications
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Among the most influential authors and reformers of his age Thomas Paine 17371809 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 to 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 A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative

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