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January 10: Thomas Paine Publishes "Common Sense" (1776)

It was on this date, January 10, 1776, that an anonymous pamphlet called “Common Sense” was published in the American colonies, authored by English-born citizen Thomas Paine. It became so popular that Paine himself was often called “Common Sense.” In effect, Thomas Paine, a Deist who denied the divinity but not the morality of Jesus, made a declaration of independence before Jefferson ever put those words on paper.

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Originally published January 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.

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