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Common Sense

By Thomas Paine / Faithlife / 1998


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Published anonymously in 1776, the year of the American Declaration of Independence, Paine's Common Sense became an immediate bestseller, with 56 editions printed in that year alone. It was this pamphlet, more than any other factor, which helped to spark off the movement that established the independence of the United States. From his experience of revolutionary politics, Paine drew those principles of fundamental human rights which, he felt, must stand no matter what excesses are committed to obtain them, and which he later formulated in his Rights of Man.

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Key Features

  • Offers a primary source of inspiration for many founders of the United States
  • Presents Paine‚Äôs view of fundamental human rights


  • 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
  • Conclusion

Product Details

  • Title: Common Sense
  • Author: Thomas Paine
  • Publisher: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
  • Publication Date: 1998