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1765-1786: We win a hard-fought Revolution and seize its promise of liberty

April 10, 1776
Everyone's reading Common Sense

Common Sense by Thomas Paine

“We have it in our power to begin the world anew.”
—Thomas Paine

Go into any tavern, stand on any street corner, and you'll hear people talking about Common Sense.

Tom Paine's pamphlet urging Americans to push for their rights and favor independence is selling like wildfire. People have snapped up 120,000 copies since its publication three months ago.

Paine's fiery words have invited public debate–bringing us closer to the brink of revolution.

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