This comprehensive eBook presents the complete works or all the significant works – the Œuvre – of this famous and brilliant writer in one ebook – easy-to-read and easy-to-navigate: • The Writings of Thomas Paine: The Age of Reason • Common SenseThomas Paine • The Writings of Thomas Paine: The Rights of ManThomas Paine • The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete • The Writings of Thomas Paine: The American CrisisThomas Paine • Under the Greenwood Tree; Or, The Mellstock Quire • THE AGE OF REASON • RIGHTS OF MAN. • THE AMERICAN CRISIS. • THE CRISIS • RIGHTS OF MAN. • OBSERVATIONS ON THE DECLARATION OF RIGHTS • THE REPUBLICAN PROCLAMATION • TO THE AUTHORS OF «LE RÉPUBLICAIN.» • TO THE ABBÉ SIÈYES • TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL • TO MR. SECRETARY DUNDAS • LETTERS TO ONSLOW CRANLEY • TO THE SHERIFF OF THE COUNTY OF SUSSEX, • TO MR. SECRETARY DUNDAS • LETTER ADDRESSED TO THE ADDRESSERS ON THE LATE PROCLAMATION • ADDRESS TO THE PEOPLE OF FRANCE • ANTI-MONARCHAL ESSAY FOR THE USE OF NEW REPUBLICANS • TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, ON THE PROSECUTION AGAINST THE SECOND PART • ON THE PROPRIETY OF BRINGING LOUIS XVI. TO TRIAL • REASONS FOR PRESERVING THE LIFE OF LOUIS CAPET, • SHALL LOUIS XVI. HAVE RESPITE? • DECLARATION OF RIGHTS • PRIVATE LETTERS TO JEFFERSON • LETTER TO DANTON • A CITIZEN OF AMERICA TO THE CITIZENS OF EUROPE • APPEAL TO THE CONVENTION • THE MEMORIAL TO MONROE • LETTER TO GEORGE WASHINGTON • OBSERVATIONS • DISSERTATION ON FIRST PRINCIPLES OF GOVERNMENT • THE CONSTITUTION OF • THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ENGLISH SYSTEM OF FINANCE • FORGETFULNESS • AGRARIAN JUSTICE • THE AGE OF REASON •.etc.
COMMON SENSE is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1775–76 that inspired people in the Thirteen Colonies to declare and fight for independence from Great Britain in the summer of 1776. The pamphlet explained the advantages of and the need for immediate independence in clear, simple language. It was published anonymously on January 10, 1776, at the beginning of the American Revolution and became an immediate sensation. It was sold and distributed widely and read aloud at taverns and meeting places. Washington had it read to all his troops, which at the time had surrounded the British army in Boston. In proportion to the population of the colonies at that time (2.5 million), it had the largest sale and circulation of any book published in American history. As of 2006, it remains the all-time best selling American title. COMMON SENSE presented the American colonists with an argument for freedom from British rule at a time when the question of whether or not to seek independence was the central issue of the day. Paine wrote and reasoned in a style that common people understood. Forgoing the philosophical and Latin references used by Enlightenment era writers, he structured COMMON SENSE as if it were a sermon, and relied on Biblical references to make his case to the people. He connected independence with common dissenting Protestant beliefs as a means to present a distinctly American political identity. Historian Gordon S. Wood described COMMON SENSE as «the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era».