Common Sense and Other Writings

ISBN-10: 0393978702
ISBN-13: 9780393978704
Edition: 2012
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Description: Thomas Paine often declared himself a citizen of the world. This Norton Critical Edition presents Paine and his writing within the transatlantic and global context of the revolutionary ideas and actions of his time.Thomas Paine’s loyalties were  More...

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List price: $7.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company Limited
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Thomas Paine often declared himself a citizen of the world. This Norton Critical Edition presents Paine and his writing within the transatlantic and global context of the revolutionary ideas and actions of his time.Thomas Paine’s loyalties were with universal and self-evident principles rather than with a particular group or nation, and it is this dimension that informed his most important works. This Norton Critical Edition shows how Paine’s fury at the British Empire, including its injustices to South Asians and Africans, shaped his first best seller, Common Sense, and how his direct involvement with the French Revolution pushed his ideas toward a unique form of democratic radicalism. Together with his rejection of organized religion, Paine’s radicalism resulted in his being one of the most hated men in both monarchial Britain and republican America.This volume includes J. M. Opal’s introduction, “Thomas Paine and the Revolutionary Enlightenment, 1770s–90s,” which provides essential biographical and historical details across three tumultuous decades. Paine’s most important works—from Common Sense (1776) through Agrarian Justice (1796)—are reprinted and are accompanied by explanatory annotations.Supporting materials include a wide range of documents from the turbulent years following the publication of both Common Sense and the Declaration of Independence. These include Pennsylvania’s gradual emancipation statute of the 1780s, an ex-slave’s impassioned call for revolutionary violence against European imperialists and masters, and a British conservative’s witty rejoinder to Paine’s vision of a brave new world.Four major interpretations of Paine’s work are provided by Nathan R. Perl-Rosenthal, Robert A. Ferguson, Gary Kates, and Gregory Claeys.A Selected Bibliography is also included.

J. M. Opal is Associate Professor of History at McGill University. He is the author of Beyond the Farm: National Ambitions in Rural New England. His new book, Avenging the People: Andrew Jackson, the Southern Borderlands, and the Ordeal of American Democracy, centers on vengeance and on the man who built both his public and his private life around its pursuit.

Introduction: Thomas Paine and the Revolutionary Enlightenment, 1770s-1790s
The Texts of Common Sense and Other Writings
Common Sense (1776)
The American Crisis #6, October 20, 1778
From Rights of Man, Part First, February 1791
Reasons for Preserving the Life of Louis Capet, January 15, 1793
Shall Louis XVI Have Respite? January 19, 1793
Agrarian justice (1797)
Contexts
Second Continental Congress]
A Declaration . . .Setting Forth the Causes and Necessity of Their Taking Up Arms, July 1775
[Pennsylvania General Assembly]
An Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery, March 1, 1780
From Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil and Wicked Traffic of the Slavery and Commerce of the Human Species (1787)
A Discourse on the Love of Our Country (1789)
On Perpetual Peace, February 2, 1792
Will Chip, a Country Carpenter [Hannah More]
Village Politics: Addressed to All the Mechanics, Journeymen, and Day-Labourers, in Great Britain (1793)
Farewell Address, September 19, 1796
Interpretations
The Commonalities of Common Sense
The "Divine Right of Republics": Hebraic Republicanism and the Debate over Kingless Government in Revolutionary America
From Liberalism to Radicalism: Tom Paine's Rights of Man
From The Origins of the Rights of Labor: Republicanism, Commerce, and the Construction of Modern Social Theory in Britain, 1796-1805
Selected Bibliography
Index

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