9780762418138

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  • ISBN13:

    9780762418138

  • ISBN10:

    0762418133

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2004-03-02
  • Publisher: Running Pr Book Pub

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Summary

Thomas Paine, a native of Thetford, England, arrived in America's colonies with little in the way of money, reputation, or prospects, though he did have a letter of recommendation in his pocket from Benjamin Franklin. Paine also had a passion for liberty in all its forms, and an abiding hatred of tyranny. His forceful, direct expression of those principles found voice in a pamphlet he wrote entitledCommon Sense, which proved to be the most influential political work of the time. Ultimately, Paine's treatise provided inspiration to the second Continental Congress for the drafting of the Declaration of Independence.46 Pagesis a dramatic look at a pivotal moment in our country's formation, a scholar's meticulous recreation of the turbulent years leading up to the Revolutionary War, retold with excitement and new insight.

Author Biography

Scott Liell is a member of the Thomas Paine National Historical Association in Boston. He lives in Madison, Connecticut.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9(118)
1. A Declaration of Dependence
13(10)
2. "...an Englishman"
23(22)
3. The Capital of the New World
45(12)
4. A War of Words
57(8)
5. "A Kind of Treason"
65(18)
6. "Common Sense for Eighteen Pence"
83(14)
7. "Independence like a Torrent"
97(14)
8. "The Devil is in the People"
111(10)
9. A People's Army
121(6)
10. The Other Founding Fathers 127(12)
Epilogue: After Common Sense 139(8)
Appendix: Common Sense 147(66)
Notes 213(14)
Bibliography 227(4)
Index 231(9)
About the Author 240

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