Common Sense, The Rights of Man and Other Essential Writings of ThomasPaine (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Jul 1, 2003 - Fiction - 416 pages
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Paine's daring prose paved the way for the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War. This volume also includes "The Crisis," "The Age of Reason," and "Agrarian Justice."


  

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Review: Common Sense, The Rights of Man and Other Essential Writings of Thomas Paine

User Review  - Sara - Goodreads

I go through periods of reading to fill in gaps in my education. I was familiar with Paine's role in American history but had never read any of his writing. Though short, I did not find this an easy ... Read full review

Review: Common Sense, The Rights of Man and Other Essential Writings of Thomas Paine

User Review  - Abubakar - Goodreads

“Without the pen of Paine, the sword of Washington would have wielded in vain” – John Adams This quote singularly prompted me to read this book. I was entirely unacquainted with Paine and this book ... Read full review

Contents

FOREWORD
INTRODUCTION
COMMON SENSE
INTRODUCTION
APPENDIX
THE CRISIS
NUMBER I
NUMBER III Selections
NUMBER XIII
RIGHTS OF MAN
Prefaces
RIGHTS OF MAN
RIGHTS OF MAN
COMBINING PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE
Preface
THE AGE OF REASON

NUMBER IV Selections
NUMBER V
NUMBER VII Selections
NUMBER VIII Selections
TO MY F ELLOW C ITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
AGRARIAN JUSTICE
SUGGESTED READINGS
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

Thomas Paine was born in Thetford, England, in 1737, the son of a staymaker. He had little schooling and worked at a number of jobs, including tax collector, a position he lost for agitating for an increase in excisemen’s pay. Persuaded by Benjamin Franklin, he emigrated to America in 1774. In 1776 he began his American Crisis series of thirteen pamphlets, and also published the incalculably influential Common Sense, which established Paine not only as a truly revolutionary thinker, but as the American Revolution’s fiercest political theorist. In 1787 Paine returned to Europe, where he became involved in revolutionary politics. In England his books were burned by the public hangman. Escaping to France, Paine took part in drafting the French constitution and voted against the king’s execution. He was imprisoned for a year and narrowly missed execution himself. In 1802 he returned to America and lived in New York State, poor, ill and largely despised for his extremism and so-called atheism (he was in fact a deist). Thomas Paine died in 1809. His body was exhumed by William Cobbett, and the remains were taken to England for a memorial burial. Unfortunately, the remains were subsequently lost.

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