Publisher description for Common sense and related writings / by Thomas Paine ; edited with an introduction by Thomas P. Slaughter.


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This edition of the pamphlet is unique in its inclusion of selections from Paine's other writings from 1775-1776--additional essays that contextualize Common Sense and 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.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Political science Early works to 1800