Summary: 'When my country, into which I had just set my foot, was set on fire about my ears, it was time to stir. It was time for every man to stir' - Thomas Paine in 1788 Published anonymously in 1776, the year of the American Declaration of Independence, Paine's Common Sense became an immediate bestseller, with fifty-six editions printed in that year alone. It was this pamphlet, more than any other factor, which helped to spark off the movement that established the indep ...show moreendence of the United States. From his experience of revolutionary politics, Paine drew those principles of fundamental human rights which, he felt, must stand no matter what excesses are committed to obtain them, and which he later formulated in his Rights of Man. ...show lessEdition/Copyright: 76
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