Title: Common Sense; Addressed to the Inhabitants of America, on the Following Interesting Subjects: I. Of the Origin and Design of Government in General, with Concise Remarks on the English Constitution. II. Of Monarchy and Hereditary Succession. III. Thoughts on the Present State of American Affairs. IV. Of the Present Ability of America, with Some Miscellaneous Reflections.
New Edition with several additions to the body of the work and an added appendix. Thomas Paine published “Common Sense; Addressed to the Inhabitants of America…” anonymously on January 10, 1776. In “Common Sense,” Paine made a persuasive case to the Colonists for American independence. He linked independence with the prevalent religious views of the Colonies, creating a uniquely American political identity. It was written like a sermon using clear and persuasive prose so all could read and understand its purpose. After publication, “Common Sense” became the most widely circulated document at the time, going through twenty-five editions in its first year; one in six households owned a copy. It became a rallying cry for liberty against oppression during the American Revolution (1775-1783) and the French Revolution (1789-1799). #0585