9780312201487

Common Sense and Related Writings

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  • ISBN13:

    9780312201487

  • ISBN10:

    0312201486

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 11/17/2000
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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Summary

Thomas Paine'sCommon Senseis one of the most important and often assigned primary documents of the Revolutionary era. This edition of the pamphlet is unique in its inclusion of selections from Paine's other writings from 1775 and 1776 additional essays that contextualizeCommon Senseand provide unusual insight on both the writer and the cause for which he wrote. The volume introduction includes coverage of 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. The volume also includes a glossary, a chronology, 12 illustrations, a selected bibliography, and questions for consideration.

Author Biography

Thomas P. Slaughter is Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of three prize-winning books: The Whiskey Rebellion: Frontier Epilogue to the American Revolution (1986); Bloody Dawn: The Christiana Riot and Racial Violence in the Antebellum North (1991); and The Natures of John and William Bartram (1996). He also edited the Library of America edition of The Writings of William Bartram (1996). His books have won the National Historical Society Book Prize, the American Revolution Round Table Award, the Society of the Cincinnati Award, and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities Distinguished Author Award. He is a former fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Shelby Cullom Davis Center. He is currently writing two books, Vision Quest: Lewis and Clark's Search for the Known and The Snake in the Garden and Snakes in the Grass: History and Culture in Early America.

Table of Contents

Foreword v
Preface vii
A Note about the Texts xi
List of Illustrations
xv
PART ONE Introduction: Thomas Paine's America 1(56)
Young Tom Paine
3(6)
Growing Up
9(2)
Excise Man
11(2)
Passages
13(1)
Slavery
14(4)
British Army
18(5)
Marriage
23(4)
Common Sense
27(16)
Publication and Circulation
29(4)
Equality
33(1)
Biblical Authority
34(3)
The Economy of Freedom
37(1)
Intellectual Influences
37(3)
Propaganda
40(3)
The Forester
43(2)
Radical Politics
45(1)
The American Crisis
46(5)
Thomas Paine's Future
51(6)
PART TWO The Documents 57(86)
African Slavery in America, 1774
57(5)
A Serious Thought, October 18, 1775
62(1)
A Dialogue between General Wolfe and General Gage in a Wood Near Boston, January 4, 1775
63(3)
Thoughts on Defensive War, July 1775
66(3)
Reflections on Unhappy Marriages, June 1775
69(3)
Common Sense, January 10, 1776
72(48)
The Forester, Number 1, April 1, 1776
120(5)
The American Crisis, Number 1, December 19, 1776
125(18)
APPENDIXES
A Thomas Paine Chronology (1737-1819)
133(4)
Questions for Consideration
137(4)
Selected Bibliography
141(2)
Index 143

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