Title page, "Common Sense" , by Thomas Paine
flipFlip to "The Patriotic American Farmer. J-N D-K-NS---N Esqr. Barrister at Law," Philadelphia: R. Bell, Bookseller, 1796.
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Title page,"Common Sense", by Thomas Paine

Credit: The Library Company of Philadelphia

Costing only 2 shillings, Common Sense sold more than 120,000 copies in three months, on both sides of the Atlantic. Paine wrote his call for independence in a blunt, homely style that had tremendous appeal.

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