Study Guide

Common Sense What's Up With the Title?

By Thomas Paine

What's Up With the Title?

Thomas Paine titles this pamphlet Common Sense because he believes that all of the arguments and ideas he makes are nothing more than the products of good, well, common sense.

And many Americans tended to agree, falling in love with Paine's no-frills way of making his points without reference to fancy literature or philosophy. Paine's common-sensical style of arguing completely changed the landscape of America from the 18th century onward.

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