On this day in 1776, writer thomas paine publishes his pamphlet common sense, setting forth his arguments in favor of american independence although little used today, pamphlets were an. Thomas paine - common sense (1776) introduction some writers have so confounded mankind being originally equals in the following pages i offer. Thomas paine's political pamphlet common sense was an enormously impactful document of the revolutionary era written and reasoned in an easily understood style, the pamphlet became wildly popular written and reasoned in an easily understood style, the pamphlet became wildly popular.
Common sense is a pamphlet written by thomas paine in 1775-76 advocating independence from great britain to people in the thirteen colonieswritten in clear and persuasive prose, paine marshaled moral and political arguments to encourage common people in the colonies to fight for egalitarian government. By thomas paine published in 1776, common sense challenged the authority of the british government and the royal monarchy the plain language that paine used spoke to the common people of america and was the first work to openly ask for independence from great britain. Free pdf, epub, kindle ebook thomas paines cry to the american people to get rid of the pesky british rulers even though he was a deist, he cleverly used biblical references to appeal to a larger audience.
Scott liell's thomas paine, common sense, and the turning point to independence (running press book publishers, 2003) is an outstanding short book that explains in just forty-six pages the forces that shaped paine's thinking, why common sense had such a broad, profound impact and how its message spread throughout the american colonies. Common sense was so influential that john adams said: without the pen of the author of common sense, the sword of washington would have been raised in vain  paine lived in france for most of the 1790s, becoming deeply involved in the french revolution. Common sense download a pdf of common sense thomas paine published common sense in january 1776 support of the patriot cause using clear, plain language, paine rallied the colonists to support the break from britain. 50 out of 5 stars - common sense, the rights of man and other essential writings by thomas paine (19. This edition of common sense features the full text of thomas paine's pamphlet, a scholarly foreword, and a chronology of thomas paine's life common sense is one of barnes & noble's collectible editions classics.
Common sense common sense was an instant best-seller published in january 1776 in philadelphia, nearly 120,000 copies were in circulation by april paine's brilliant arguments were straightforward. ― thomas paine, common sense 10 likes like but there is another and greater distinction for which no truly natural or religious reason can be assigned, and. Dedicated to educating the public on the key role thomas paine played in the founding of the united states.
In common sense, thomas paine argues for american independence his argument begins with more general, theoretical reflections about government and religion, then progresses onto the specifics of the colonial situation. Common sense was written by thomas paine on january 10, 1776the 48-page pamphlet presented an argument for freedom from british rule paine wrote in such a style that common people could easily understand, using biblical quotes which protestants understood. Common sense by thomas paine common sense addressed to the inhabitants of america man knows no master save creating h eaven, or those whom choice and common good ordain.
Thomas paine's common sense first appeared on january 10, 1776, and the stroke of luck it enjoyed upon its appearance could hardly have been calculated to greater effect the political tract immediately became the moral and intellectual touchstone for american colonists struggling to articulate. This edition of common sense features the full text of thomas paine's pamphlet, a scholarly foreword, and a chronology of thomas paine's life. Thomas paine has a claim to the title the father of the american revolution because of common sense, the pro-independence monograph pamphlet he anonymously published on january 10, 1776 signed.