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Common Sense



Title: Common Sense

Author: Thomas Paine

Published: 1776

Published as a 48-page pamphlet, Common Sense became "the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era." It presented the American colonists with an argument for freedom from British rule at a time when the question of independence was still undecided. Part of its success was due to the fact that Paine wrote and reasoned in a style that common people could understand.