The JuntoCast, Episode 8: Thomas Paine and “Common Sense”

The JuntoCastIn this month’s episode, Ken Owen, Michael Hattem, Roy Rogers, and Ben Park discuss Thomas Paine, including reconsidering the importance of his most famous work, “Common Sense,” his life as an eighteenth-century transatlantic radical, and his legacy today compared to that of the other “founders.”

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Further Reading

Bernstein, R B. “Rediscovering Thomas Paine.” New York Law School Law Review 39 (1994): 873–929.

Cleves, Rachel Hope. The Reign of Terror in America: Visions of Violence from Anti-Jacobinism to AntislaveryNew York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Cotlar, Seth. Tom Paine’s America: The Rise and Fall of Transatlantic Radicalism in the Early Republic. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011.

Ferguson, Robert A. “The Commonalities of Common Sense.” The William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series 57, no. 3 (2000): 465–504.

Foner, Eric. Tom Paine and Revolutionary America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976.

Kenyon, Cecilia M. “Where Paine Went Wrong.” The American Political Science Review 45, no. 4 (1951): 1086–1099.

Loughran, Trish. The Republic in Print: Print Culture in the Age of U.S. Nation Building, 1770-1870. New York: Columbia University Press, 2009.

Nelson, Craig. “Thomas Paine and the Making of‘ Common Sense’.New England Review 27, no. 3 (2006): 228–250.

Porterfield, Amanda. Conceived in Doubt: Religion and Politics in the New American Nation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012.

Rosenfeld, Sophia. Common Sense: A Political History. Harvard University Press, 2011.

––––––. “Tom Paine’s Common Sense and Ours.” The William and Mary Quarterly, Third Series 65, no. 4 (2008): 633–668.

West, Robin. “Tom Paine’s Constitution.” Virginia Law Review 89, no. 6 (2003): 1413–1461.

2 comments on “The JuntoCast, Episode 8: Thomas Paine and “Common Sense”

  1. ptfan1 says:

    You asked for feedback so here’s mine. I am an everyday reader and “born again” student ( I won’t say scholar as I am too undisciplined). I returned to my College Major of American Studies after 45 years of working and parenting. I knew there was a lot of American history that I was ignorant of and I redeveloped the passion of my youth to jump in and learn. The biggest challenge I encountered was finding a syllabus that fit my areas of interest. The Junto has provided that for me; particularly devices like March Madness, which provided me with a plethora of material.I also enjoy the Podcasts which allow me to attend a virtual lecture without the logistics of going to class.

    It is gratifying to see young folks like yourselves exhibiting such fresh scholarship in Early Americanism.

    Keep it up.

  2. […] Declaration of Independence, as well as relevant previous episodes on the Continental Congress, Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, and the American […]

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