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Common Sense, The Rights of Man and Other Essential Writings by Thomas Paine
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Common Sense, Rights of Man. and other essential writings of Thomas Paine.
Signet Classics 200th Anniversary Edition.

378 pages of very enlightened and inspiring words. Paine was friends with Ben Franklin and other great men of that era. Even Edmond Burke in England was a friend of Paine until 1790 and their debate on the French Revolution. Common Sense was originally published in pamphlet form and was used greatly to inspire the American Colonialists to sever ties with England. The Crisis begins with the famous quote, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” It was read by George Washington, and the American soldiers, by order of the General, to help bolster moral in some of the dark days of the revolution. The Rights of Man was the lengthiest piece in the book and was a defense of the French Revolution against remarks made by Edmund Burke in England. The Age of Reason was the most discouraging piece in the book for me as Paine acclaims his deism, and although raised as a Quaker, his skepticism becomes overbearing.
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