To win a copy of our new edition of his Rights of Man and Common Sense with a brand new introduction by Peter Linebaugh, Verso asked for the correct answers to the following questions:
‘Which work of Tom Paine did Obama quote in his inauguration speech? And which other American president, at another turning point in American history, presented this work to his men?’
The competition has now closed and copies have been sent to our three winners. Congratulations!
The answers are:
- President Obama quoted from Tom Paine’s Crisis No 1.
- George Washington ordered this to be read to his men in December 1776 before crossing the Delaware to attack George III’s Hessian mercenaries, a crucial turning point in the American revolutionary war.