Thomas Paine begins Common Sense by stating that the sentiments enclosed are, “not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor,” manifesting the pamphlet’s true revolutionary spirit. Aflame with the spirit of independence, the bestselling pages promote freedom from British rule in a unique, accessible manner, reading like a sermon. Historian Gordon S. Wood calls Common Sense, “the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era.”
About The Author:
Perhaps the nation’s most famous pamphleteer, Thomas Paine (1737-1809) was an English American author, journalist, revolutionary and Founding Father who drove his pen through the pages of Common Sense like a sword.