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Today in History: Common Sense

Posted by Gilbert Stack on January 10, 2018 at 10:05 AM

On this day (January 10) in 1776, Thomas Payne published Common Sense—a moral argument for the independence of the American Colonies. This work was hugely influential. When sales are compared as a ratio to the population of the time (2.5 million people) it is the best selling and highest circulating book published in American history. It helped to motivate and mobilize the population to fight for their independence.

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