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As the fierce battles of the American Revolution were waged, Thomas Paine’s 1776 pamphlet, Common Sense, made a brilliant political statement for American freedom. Appealing to his fellow colonists, Paine made a multi-faceted argument against British rule. In this groundbreaking pamphlet, published anonymously because of its defiant rhetoric, Paine evaluated society and government, the system of monarchy, and the ongoing tensions between Britain and its colonies. He advocated the creation of a conference between the various colonies and a document detailing the government of the new nation and the rights of all citizens, an idea that would eventually become the Constitution that we know today. Paine’s intelligently crafted statement united the thoughts and sentiments of revolutionaries and galvanized their movement. Common Sense is an invaluable document of the beliefs that shaped the founding moments of the United States and remain at the heart of American values to this day.
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Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour; a long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult ...Back to top
Reviewed by sunhuang on May 1, 2009
Read it if you're interested in the rhetoric of an American revolutionary
Reviewed by Christiana on Jun 27, 2009
Extremely important. Everyone should read - more than once!
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