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This review is from: Common Sense (Kindle Edition)
Originally published anonymously on January 10th of 1776, Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" remains one of the important documents from the Founding Fathers. "Common Sense" was an appeal to the masses, discussing the arguments in a straight-forward and clear style. This accessible style resulted in "Common Sense" being the best-selling American Book. Paine had given his work a title of "Plain Truth", which oddly enough became the title of a work by James Chalmers of Maryland in response to Paine's "Common Sense".
"Common Sense" contains four sections: the first discusses the design of government, and contains Paine's view of the English Constitution; the second covers monarchies and hereditary succession; the third are thoughts on the current state of American affairs; and the fourth on the present ability of America and other reflections. "Common Sense" did not contain new arguments or information, but it presented the arguments for independence in a way which engaged the populace.
Paine's work did not get the support of all those who wanted independence. Most notably John Adams was concerned about Paine's ideal being too "democratical", and indicated that it would cause confusion and harm. However, Adams was definitely in the minority, and while one can argue about how big of a role "Common Sense" played in creating support for revolution, I don't think anyone would deny that it had a significant impact.
This free Kindle publication of Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" was taken from "The Writings of Thomas Paine Collected and Edited By Moncure Daniel Conway, Volume I, 1774-1779. I would have preferred if they included the entire volume of Paine's writings, but when getting something for free, it is difficult to be too disappointed. Compared to other free Kindle publications this one is well formatted, certainly as good as any of the others which I have procured and read thus far.