Common Sense - Thomas Paine

Common Sense

By Thomas Paine

  • Release Date: 1776-01-01
  • Genre: Politics & Current Events
  • Size: 59 KB
Score: 4
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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. In clear, simple language it explained the advantages of and the need for immediate independence.


  • Must read

    By Avi Hoffman
    Incredible. Everyone should read this at least once. Really interesting, gripping, compelling read.
  • Thomas Paine is INSANE!

    By Hilton hotels hotline
    Why does this fool think it would be a good idea to secede from Great Brooklyn? It would be so much more sensible to stay under the King's guiding hand. He hath taken great measures to keep us safe, and it would be horrible to take it for granted. In the words of Samuel Seabury, "Heed not the rabble who scream, 'revolution!', they have not your interest at heart. Chaos and bloodshed are not a solution, don't let them lead you astray."

    By Ralphy Dee
    Thomas Paine was absolutey brilliant in his insight. However, as a patriot of my country as I read this I immediately realized that this pamphlet is now describing our tyrannical AMERICAN Gov’t.
  • Common Sense

    By Silver Shadow Hunter
    I can see why this pamphlet was so well received. The reasons for independence were spelled out so clearly and concisely. You couldn't help but take a side for independence.
  • Must;

    By :) .....finer futures
  • Writing style

    By Kbrprs
    I have notice his sentence structure is very rough. I could definitely tell he was using this book to rant his complaints of the ruling government, rather that making it a philosophical or novel like. This book is extremely difficult to digest.
  • Great

    By Jucia21
    A great work that should be required reading in all American History classes!
  • Like it!

    By EhSkyBlue
    I kind if like this so uh... Ket it up
  • Freedom

    By Dinkerspiel
    What a visionary. Truly one of America's first patriots. However the thing I found interesting was Paine's use of religion, the Bible in particular, to make so many of his strongest arguments for independence. Especially after i read his later writing, The Age of Reasoning, in which he went to great lengths to belittle the bible, koran and all other books of "revelation" as mostly fodder.
  • Common Sense by Thomas Paine

    By David Jackman
    An essential literature to the American Revolutionary War, Common Sense is a great read for American history junkies. The writings were meant to persuade the Colonists that independence from Britain was more desirable than reconciliation. With this in mind, it's important to note while reading Common Sense that there is a bias, and as such the arguments for remaining under the rule of Britain are not well-represented. Similar to present-day editorials, counter arguments are sometimes dismissed without due analysis. That being said, Common Sense was an immensely popular and influential pamphlet in its time, and provides a unique look into the mindset of Americans on the onset of their fight for independence.