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Common Sense and Related Writings

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Red Globe Press

Pages: 176
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The Bedford Series in History and Culture

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20 February 2001

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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 -...

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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.

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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

Foreword
Preface
A Note on the texts
PART I: INTRODUCTION: THOMAS PAINE'S AMERICA
Young Tom Paine
Growing up
Excise man
Passages
Slavery
British Army
Marriage and Women.- Common Sense.- Publication and circulation
Equality
The Bible
Ideas
Propaganda
The Forester
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
APPENDICES
A Thomas Paine
Chronology
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography
Index.
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THOMAS P. SLAUGHTER is Professor of History at Rutgers University. He has written three prize-winning books and his books have won the National Historical Society 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 Behavioural Sciences, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Shelby Cullom Davis Center

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THOMAS P. SLAUGHTER is Professor of History at Rutgers University. He has written three prize-winning books and his books have won the National Historical Society 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 Behavioural Sciences, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Shelby Cullom Davis Center

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