Thomas Paine: Common Sense


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About the Author

Thomas Paine was born in Thetford, England, in 1737, and largely lived in the working-class world in which he was raised, despite his elementary education and marked intelligence. He served for two years aboard one of the many privateers operating as both merchant and pirate ships during the Seven Years' War with France, thus gaining a degree of experience in combat among common men. Upon returning to England, Paine began his own corset-making business and attempted to start a...