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Synopsis:

Published anonymously in 1776 - the year of the American Declaration of Independence - Paine's "Common Sense" became an immediate bestseller. More than any other factor, it was this pamphlet which sparked off the movement that established the independence of the United States.

About the Author

Thomas Paine was born in Thetford, England, in 1737, the son of a staymaker. He had little schooling and worked at a number of jobs, including tax collector, a position he lost for agitating for an increase in excisemen's pay. Persuaded by Benjamin Franklin, he emigrated to America in 1774. In 1776 he began his American Crisis series of thirteen pamphlets, and also published the incalculably influential Common Sense, which established Paine not only as a truly revolutionary thinker, but as the American Revolution's fiercest political theorist. In 1787 Paine returned to Europe, where he became involved in revolutionary politics. In England his books were burned by the public hangman. Escaping to France, Paine took part in drafting the French constitution and voted against the king's execution. He was imprisoned for a year and narrowly missed execution himself. In 1802 he returned to America and lived in New York State, poor, ill and largely despised for his extremism and so-called atheism (he was in fact a deist). Thomas Paine died in 1809. His body was exhumed by William Cobbett, and the remains were taken to England for a memorial burial. Unfortunately, the remains were subsequently lost.

Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction

Background to the American Revolution, 1776

From staymaker to revolutionary: The life and career of Tom Paine

The argument of Common Sense

Bourgeois radicalism - the ideology of Tom Paine

Paine and the American bicentennial

Notes to Editor's Introduction

A Note on the Text

Suggestions for Further Reading

Common Sense

Introduction

Of the Origin and Design of Government in General

Of Monarchy and Hereditary Succession

Thoughts on the present State of American Affairs

Of the present Ability of America, with some misellaneous Reflexions

Appendix

To the Representatives of the Religious Society of the People called Quakers

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140390162
Editor:
Kramnick, Asaac
Editor:
Kramnick, Isaac
Editor:
Kramnick, Asaac
Author:
Paine, Thomas
Author:
Kramnick, Isaac
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England :
Subject:
History
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
United states
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
Political science
Subject:
Monarchy
Subject:
United States - Revolutionary War
Subject:
United States Politics and government 1775-1783.
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Government - National
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
US History-Revolution and Constitution Era
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Penguin classics
Series Volume:
v. 6
Publication Date:
19821131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
7.73x5.01x.31 in. .21 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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