Common Sense by Thomas Paine [audio]

This is an audiobook recording of Common Sense, by Thomas Paine. Published in 1776, the book spread quickly among literate colonists. Within three months, 120,000 copies were alleged to have been distributed throughout the colonies, which themselves totaled only four million free inhabitants, making it the best-selling work in 18th-century America. Its total sales in both America and Europe reached 500,000 copies. It convinced many colonists, including George Washington and John Adams, to seek redress in political independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and argued strongly against any compromise short of independence.


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