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Common Sense: Thomas Paine's Historical Essays Advocating Independence in the American Revolution and Asserting Human Rights and Equ Paperback – May 23, 2010

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English-born Thomas Paine left behind hearth and home for adventures on the high seas at nineteen. Upon returning to shore, he became a tax officer, and it was this job that inspired him to write The Case of the Officers of Excise in 1772. Paine then immigrated to Philadelphia, and in 1776 he published Common Sense, a defense of American independence from England. After returning to Europe, Paine wrote his famous Rights of Man as a response to criticism of the French Revolution. He was subsequently labeled as an outlaw, leading him to flee to France where he joined the National Convention. However, in 1793 Paine was imprisoned, and during this time he wrote the first part of The Age of Reason, an anti-church text which would go on to be his most famous work. After his release, Paine returned to America where he passed away in 1809.

Benjamin Rush (1746 1813) was a physician and signer of the Declaration of Independence, as well as a member of the Second Continental Congress.

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  • Paperback: 82 pages
  • Publisher: Megalodon Entertainment LLC. (May 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615890203
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615890200
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,028,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Common Sense is a classic argument on how war is necessary to gain or preserve freedom when it is the absolute last resort and all other options are exhausted. Thomas Paine's argument was specifically about why the colonies needed to revolt against the British government, which was very oppressive at the time, but the points made apply to all conflicts.
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