Thomas Paine's Common Sense is one of the most important primary documents of the Revolutionary era. This edition of the pamphlet is unique in its inclusion of selections from Paine's other writings from 1775 and 1776 -...Show More
Thomas Paine's Common Sense is one of the most important primary documents of the Revolutionary era. This edition of the pamphlet is unique in its inclusion of selections from Paine's other writings from 1775 and 1776 - additional essays that contextualize Common Sense provide unusual insight on both the writer and the cause for which he wrote. The volume introduction focuses on Paine's childhood and early adult years in England, arguing for the significance of personal experience, environment, career, and religion in understanding Paine's influential political writings. The volume also includes a glossary, a chronology, illustrations, a selected bibliography, and questions for consideration.Show Less
A very clear, accessible work enhanced by an excellent introduction explaining the background and experiences that informed Paine's work
The book offers a fresh interpretation of the life of Tom Paine, his political ideas in his daily experiences
Includes some of the lesser known writings, including pieces on women and slavery, and offers a valuable set of interpretative questions
A Note on the texts
PART I: INTRODUCTION: THOMAS PAINE'S AMERICA
Young Tom Paine
Marriage and Women.- Common Sense.- Publication and circulation
Radical politics.- An American Crisis.- Thomas Paine's future
PART II: DOCUMENTS
'African Slavery in America'
'A Serious Thought'
'A Dialogue between General Wolfe and General Gage in a Wood near Boston'
'Thoughts on a Defensive War'
'Reflections on Unhappy Marriages'
'An Occasional Letter on the Female Sex'.- Common Sense
'The Forester', number 1.- An American Crisis, number 1
A Thomas Paine
Questions for Consideration
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
- Slave Revolution in the Caribbean, 1789-1804 Laurent Dubois, John D Garrigus
- Mastering Modern United States History John Traynor
- Abraham Lincoln, Slavery, and the Civil War Michael P. Johnson
- Dictionary of British America, 1584-1783 Mary Geiter, William Speck
- Britain and America Since Independence Howard R Temperley
- Technology in America Alan I. Marcus, Howard P. Segal
- Andrew Jackson vs. Henry Clay Harry L. Watson
- The Era of Franklin D. Roosevelt 1932-1945 Richard Polenberg
- Common Sense and Related Writings Thomas P. Slaughter
- Christopher Columbus and the Enterprise of the Indies Geoffrey Symcox, Blair Sullivan
- Conservatives in Power: The Reagan Years, 1981-1989 Meg Jacobs, Julian E. Zelizer
- The New Deal A.J. Badger