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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.

about Scott Liell

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

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  • Paperback | ISBN 9780762418138
    Pub date: 03/03/2004 | Price: 22.95 Canada/$14.95
    240 Pages
    POLITICAL SCIENCE / American Government / National

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