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Common Sense (AmazonClassics Edition)

Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: History, American
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Published anonymously on January 10, 1776, Thomas Paine's legendary work made the case for American independence.

An immediate sensation across the thirteen colonies, Common Sense extolled Paine's belief that government should be simple and represent the will of the people, acting not as an oppressor but as a body to protect society. His clear and persuasive argument appealed to the common people, impressing on them the importance of secession from Great Britain. Six months after Common Sense was published, independence was declared, and the American Revolution was born.

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Revised edition: Previously published as Common Sense, this edition of Common Sense (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Public Domain (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Lessons learned

At a time when people were divided as to the direction of its land, people and country. Mr. Payne called for the citizens of the land and all neighbors to put selfish ambition aside for the nation to come together.

It is sad to think as part of the founding of the United States of America, he (along with the other founders) are written off as priveliged. the founders had far more to give up than our current generations.

Mr. Payne was a concise individual, basing his conclusions on how an independent nation state would survive from its own resources. Relying on no other nation and looking forward in hope.

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On Reason and Subjugation

Thomas Paine merely wrote what the masses could not articulate themselves and where he spoke of things they wanted not to hear the masses ostracised him. The so called primitives at the time were cannon fodder for rhetoric of revolution. For to be amoung primitives while also yourself under the subjugation of an empire such as Britain must stir vengeance in the hearts of many and Paine was the spoon.

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A good read

Interesting explains some of what was the thinking of patriots at the time of the revolution.