American Crisis aka "The Crisis" cover

American Crisis aka "The Crisis"

Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

1. Editor's Preface
2. Crisis I, These Are The Times That Try Men's Souls
3. Crisis II, To Lord Howe
4. Crisis III, Part I, In The Progress Of Politics
5. Crisis III, Part II, In The Progress Of Politics
6. Crisis IV, Those Who Expect To Reap The Blessings Of Freedom
7. Crisis V, Part I, To Gen. Sir William Howe
8. Crisis V, Part II, To The Inhabitants Of America
9. Crisis VI, To The Earl Of Carlisle and Gen. Clinton
10. Crisis VII, To The People Of England
11. Crisis VIII, Address To The People Of England
12. Crisis IX, Had America Pursued Her Advantages
13. The Crisis Extraordinary On The Subject Of Taxation
14. Crisis X, On The King Of England's Speech
15. Crisis XI, On The Present State Of News
16. A Supernumerary Crisis, To Guy Carlton
17. Crisis XII, To The Earl Of Shelburne
18. Crisis XIII, Thoughts On The Peace, And Probable Advantages Thereof
19. A Supernumerary Crisis: To The People Of America

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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)