Printed Works

Common Sense and Plain Truth

Philadelphia printers issued works that stoked debate over the American Revolution on both sides of the Atlantic. In the early months of 1776, printer and bookseller Robert Bell published Thomas Paine’s clarion call for independence, Common Sense, and Loyalist James Chalmers’s pointed rebuke, Plain Truth. London publisher John Almon bundled the two works in this June 1776 edition for British readers who wondered "whether Americans are, or are not prepared for a state of independence."

See Common Sense on display in the Declaration of Independence section of the core galleries on the second floor.

Common Sense and Plain Truth
Printed by John Almon
London, England
June 1776
Paper, Ink
Museum of the American Revolution