The following interpretive essays offer context about topics pertaining to the British edition of  Common Sense in our collection. Follow the links below to read the essays. Links within each essay direct the reader to relevant material in the original source and its annotations.

Interpretive Essays and Exhibits (1 total)

Thomas Paine

by Marie Pellissier

Thomas Paine, the mind behind Common Sense, was an active participant in the great European intellectual movement known as the Enlightenment. Learn more about Paine's childhood, intellectual development and other writings. 

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