Common Sense and Other Writings

ISBN-10: 0393978702

ISBN-13: 9780393978704

Edition: 2012

List price: $7.95 Buy it from $2.48
30 day, 100% satisfaction guarantee

If an item you ordered from TextbookRush does not meet your expectations due to an error on our part, simply fill out a return request and then return it by mail within 30 days of ordering it for a full refund of item cost.

Learn more about our returns policy


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.
Used Starting from $15.88
New Starting from $21.81
what's this?
Rush Rewards U
Members Receive:
You have reached 400 XP and carrot coins. That is the daily max!
Study Briefs

Limited time offer: Get the first one free! (?)

All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.

Customers also bought

Book details

List price: $7.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company Limited
Publication date: 2/7/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

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)
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
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
Free shipping on orders over $35*

*A minimum purchase of $35 is required. Shipping is provided via FedEx SmartPost® and FedEx Express Saver®. Average delivery time is 1 – 5 business days, but is not guaranteed in that timeframe. Also allow 1 - 2 days for processing. Free shipping is eligible only in the continental United States and excludes Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico. FedEx service marks used by permission."Marketplace" orders are not eligible for free or discounted shipping.

Learn more about the TextbookRush Marketplace.