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Lec 10 - Common Sense

"Lec 10 - Common Sense"The American Revolution (HIST 116) This lecture focuses on the best-selling pamphlet of the American Revolution: Thomas Paine's Common Sense, discussing Paine's life and the events that led him to write his pamphlet. Published in January of 1776, it condemned monarchy as a bad form of government, and urged the colonies to declare independence and establish their own form of republican government. Its incendiary language and simple format made it popular throughout the colonies, helping to radicalize many Americans and pushing them to seriously consider the idea of declaring independence from Britain. 00:00 - Chapter 1. Introduction: Voting on Voting 01:40 - Chapter 2. On Paine's Burial 05:52 - Chapter 3. Colonial Mindset during the Second Continental Congress 12:28 - Chapter 4. Serendipity and Passion: The Early Life of Thomas Paine 21:53 - Chapter 5. Major Arguments and Rhetorical Styles in Common Sense 33:45 - Chapter 6. Common Sense's Popularity and Founders' Reactions 39:16 - Chapter 7. Social Impact of the Pamphlet and Conclusion Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses This course was recorded in Spring 2010.

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