Wednesday, August 27, 2008

"Common Sense" by Thomas Paine

Originally Posted on Wed, Aug 27 2008 @ 9:42 AM [EST]

Lately, in addition to anything I can lay my hands on regarding the trucking industry, I've also been reading some historical documents. The latest was a pamphlet writen by Thomas Paine call "Common Sense".

A description of the pamphlet follows:

Common Sense was a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine. It was first published anonymously on January 10, 1776, during the American Revolution. Common Sense presented the American colonists with an argument for independence from British rule at a time when the question of independence was still undecided. Paine wrote and reasoned in a style that common people understood; forgoing the philosophy and Latin references used by Enlightenment era writers, Paine structured Common Sense like a sermon and relied on Biblical references to make
his case to the people.[1] Historian Gordon S. Wood described Common Sense as,
“the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era.”[2]

[1] Gordon Wood, The American Revolution: A History (New York:
Modern Library, 2002), 55-56.
[2] Wood, American Revolution, 55.

I thought this was interesting reading and it does help paint the picture of some of the reasons why it was a good idea for the American colonies to seek independences from Britian.

The complete text is a little too lengthy to post it hear. In pamplet form, it was about 132 pages. Printed on regular paper, it is about 22 pages.

You can find the complete text here
Summary of it at Wikipedia

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