46 Pages: Thomas Paine, Common Sense, and the Turning Point to Independence

46 Pages: Thomas Paine, Common Sense, and the Turning Point to Independence

by Scott Liell


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Thomas Paine, a native of Thetford, England, arrived in America's colonies with little in the way of money, reputation, or prospects, though he did have a letter of recommendation in his pocket from Benjamin Franklin. Paine also had a passion for liberty in all its forms, and an abiding hatred of tyranny. His forceful, direct expression of those principles found voice in a pamphlet he wrote entitled
    Common Sense
, which proved to be the most influential political work of the time.

Ultimately, Paine's treatise provided inspiration to the second Continental Congress for the drafting of the Declaration of Independence. 46 Pages is a dramatic look at a pivotal moment in our country's formation, a scholar's meticulous recreation of the turbulent years leading up to the Revolutionary War, retold with excitement and new insight.

Author Biography: Scott Liell, a member of the Tom Paine National Historical Association, is a writer based in Madison, Connecticut.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781567317817
Publisher: MJF Books
Publication date: 06/26/2006
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Scott Liell is a member of the Thomas Paine National Historical Association in Boston. He lives in Madison, Connecticut.

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46 Pages: Thomas Paine, Common Sense, and the Turning Point to Independence 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
srfbluemama on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is an interesting look at Thomas Paine and one of the most important documents of Revolutionary America, Common Sense. It includes the full text of Common Sense at the end. Recommended!
StoutHearted on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting look into the writing of "Common Sense" by Tomas Paine: how the author's upbringing and the colonial political climate helped influence its writing, its reception both in the colonies and abroad, and its long-lasting effect on America's founding. Readers will learn how it was almost luck that the pamphlet was heralded, as many others before Paine ventured forth similar ideas but were resoundly villified. What was it about Paine and his 46 pages that hit a chord with the American colonial people? Liell does a thorough job of finding out.This edition includes the full text of "Common Sense" in the appendix -- a fortunate choice for readers who have been, by the end of Liell's text, whipped into a whole new appreciation for the work.
dallasblue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite peices of writing ever - Common Sense by Thomas Paine - gets a great, detailed treatment in this book. I love it!