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Product Details

  • Paperback: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Wilder Publications (March 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604591315
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604591316
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is an excellent manuscript that should be a very attractive book for students in American history courses. Not only does Tom Slaughter do a brilliant job in the introduction in making Paine out to be a very believable, human, though flawed person, but also he does a masterful job in helping the reader understand the process through which Paine became radicalized. In addition, Slaughter has made an excellent selection of Paine's essays that round out a picture of an intriguing, but lesser know, American revolutionary.' - James Roger Sharp, Syracuse University 'This short volume constitutes the best available edition of Thomas Paine's most important writings during the American Revolutionary era. Tom Slaughter's superb introduction presents in a clear and lucid fashion much of the information necessary to enable readers to comprehend the writings and life of Tom Paine. By grounding Paine's political ideas in his daily experiences, Slaughter has offered a fresh interpretation of one of the most enigmatic figures in early America.' - Billy G. Smith, Montana State University 'Professor Slaughter's introductory essay does an excellent job of explaining Paine's background, as well as both the intellectual and practical experiences that informed Paine's work. This book will provide an engaging and effective way for teachers to introduce Thomas Paine and his writings to their students.' - Rebecca Shoemaker, Indiana State University 'Common Sense is one of the seminal documents of the revolutionary era. Slaughter explains its historical context, shows its relationship to some of Paine's lesser known writings (including pieces on women and slavery), and offers a valuable set of interpretative questions, making the work accessible to a broad student population.' - Rosemarie Zagarri, George Mason University --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Thomas P. Slaughter is Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of three prize-winning books: The Whiskey Rebellion: Frontier Epilogue to the American Revolution (1986); Bloody Dawn: The Christiana Riot and Racial Violence in the Antebellum North (1991); and The Natures of John and William Bartram (1996). He also edited the Library of America edition of The Writings of William Bartram (1996). His books have won the National Historical Society Book Prize, the American Revolution Round Table Award, the Society of the Cincinnati Award, and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Distinguished Author Award. He is a former fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Shelby Cullom Davis Center. He is currently writing two books, Vision Quest: Lewis and Clark's Search for the Known and The Snake in the Garden and Snakes in the Grass: History and Culture in Early America.
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this book is as good as a history book can get really. It is short, but the language and how things are said sometimes needs a second look. Doesn't make him out to be a perfect person, and shows quit a bit of his true nature.
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By W. D. Oliver on September 4, 2009
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The old English that it is written in was difficult to follow sometimes. I would have to read and re-read some portions to fully understand. The premise for the book is excellent.
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By Drea on October 14, 2010
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I recieved the order much sooner than expected and it was in great condition as described. Would definitely order again from this seller.
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