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American Crisis aka "The Crisis"

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A 13 pamphlet series by 18th century Enlightenment philosopher/author Thomas Paine, published between 1776 to 1783 during and immediately following the American Revolution, gathered into one volume in 1882 by Moncure D. Conway. Each essay, plus 2 inserts, bolstered the morale of the American colonists to fight hard for their independence, appealed to the English to support the colonist's cause, clarified the issues at stake, and denounced any type of negotiated peace. Replete with quotable quotes, the first pamphlet, Crisis I, begins with the now-familiar words "THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman." Paine, an Englishman living in the colonies, signed his pamphlets anonymously as "Common Sense." ( Michele Fry)

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1774 1779

[Redactor's Note: Reprinted from the "The Writings of Thomas Paine Volume I" (1894 1896). The author's notes are preceded by a "".]


Table of Contents

Editor's Preface

The Crisis No. I

The Crisis No. II To Lord Howe

The Crisis No. III

The Crisis No. IV

The Crisis No. V To General Sir William Howe To The Inhabitants Of America

The Crisis No. VI To The Earl Of Carlisle, General Clinton, And William Eden, ESQ., British Commissioners At New York

The Crisis No. VII To The People Of England

The Crisis No. VIII Addressed To The People Of England

The Crisis No. IX The Crisis Extraordinary On the Subject of Taxation

The Crisis No. X On The King Of England's Speech To The People Of America

The Crisis No. XI On The Present State Of News A Supernumerary Crisis (To Sir Guy Carleton.)

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