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"These are the times that try men's souls," begins Thomas Paine's first Crisis paper, the impassioned pamphlet that helped ignite the American Revolution. Published in Philadelphia in January of 1776, Common Sense sold 150,000 copies almost immediately. A powerful piece of propaganda, it attacked the idea of a hereditary monarchy, dismissed the chance for reconciliation with England, and outlined the economic benefits of independence while espousing equality of rights among citizens. Paine fanned a flame that was already burning, but many historians argue that his work unified dissenting voices and persuaded patriots that the American Revolution was not only necessary, but an epochal step in world history. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
"Without...Paine, the sword of Washington would have been wielded in vain."
Easily readible font. At two years some slight yellowing of the paperPublished 2 days ago by Daniel R.
Reading this has been on my "to do" list for years. I'm finally able to understand why this pamphlet became so important in convincing the colonists to get rid of their... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Cheapster
Not a totally easy read because of its style, but every American should read how one's country came to be.Published 5 days ago by Ray 96
Thomas Paine really enjoys his vision, of an Independent Country without a king. The people are Free and Equal by Nature, have a Constitution, are ruled by Law, instead of a king. Read morePublished 10 days ago by william newmoon