"Common Sense; Addressed to the Inhabitants of America," by Thomas Paine, February 1776

Summary

Thomas Paine had tried many different jobs in England, but jumped at the chance to work in the printing business over in the American colonies. And there he found his voice. Not being a politician, he had nothing to lose with his little pamphlet. Although he made them sound like just "common sense," his arguments for independence were extremely radical at the time.

Thomas Paine had tried many different jobs in England, but jumped at the chance to work in the printing business over in the American colonies. And there he found his voice. Not being a politician, he had nothing to lose with his little pamphlet. Although he made them sound like just "common sense," his arguments for independence were extremely radical at the time.

Artifact

Pamphlet

Date Made

1776

Subject Date

14 February 1776

Creators

Paine, Thomas, 1737-1809 

Spooner, Judah Padock, 1748-1807 

Place of Creation

United States, Connecticut, Norwich 

United States, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 

Creator Notes

Written by Thomas Paine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; published by Judah P. Spooner, Norwich, Connecticut.

With Liberty & Justice For All
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in With Liberty & Justice for All

Object ID

2005.0.42.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Ink

Technique

Handwriting
Printing (Process)

Dimensions

Height: 7.625 in

Width: 4.75 in

Depth: 0.25 in

Inscriptions

Handwritten on front cover in ink: Common Sense / 1776

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