The American Crisis

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He was the premiere political "blogger" of his day, a man Thomas Edison called "one of the greatest of all Americans," and one today's liberals and progressives still claim as their intellectual forefather.

Here, in one volume, are 16 pamphlets Paine wrote between 1776 and 1783 to boost the morale of the Continental Army and of civilians dispirited by war and privation. With these incendiary essays, he brought a common voice to the struggle for freedom from tyranny that still ...

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Overview

He was the premiere political "blogger" of his day, a man Thomas Edison called "one of the greatest of all Americans," and one today's liberals and progressives still claim as their intellectual forefather.

Here, in one volume, are 16 pamphlets Paine wrote between 1776 and 1783 to boost the morale of the Continental Army and of civilians dispirited by war and privation. With these incendiary essays, he brought a common voice to the struggle for freedom from tyranny that still resonates today. It is impossible to overstate Paine's influence as an idealist, a radical, and a master rhetorician had in the creation of America.

Anglo-American political theorist and writer THOMAS PAINE (1737-1809) was born in England and emigrated to America in 1774, bearing letters of introduction from Benjamin Franklin. He also wrote Common Sense (1776) and Rights of Man (1791).

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  • ISBN-13: 9781494769277
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 12/23/2013
  • Pages: 170
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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Thomas Paine (29 January 1737–8 June 1809) was an English pamphleteer, revolutionary, radical, inventor, and intellectual. He lived and worked in Britain until age 37, when he emigrated to the British American colonies, in time to participate in the American Revolution. His principal contribution was the powerful, widely-read pamphlet, Common Sense (1776), advocating colonial America's independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and of The American Crisis (1776-1783), a pro-revolutionary pamphlet series. Later, he greatly influenced the French Revolution. He wrote the Rights of Man (1791), a guide to Enlightenment ideas. Despite not speaking French, he was elected to the French National Convention in 1792. The Girondists regarded him an ally, so, the Montagnards, especially Robespierre, regarded him an enemy. In December of 1793, he was arrested and imprisoned in Paris, then released in 1794. He became notorious because of The Age of Reason (1793-94), the book advocated deism and argued against Christian doctrines. In France, he also wrote the pamphlet Agrarian Justice (1795), discussing the origins of property, and introduced the concept of a guaranteed minimum income. He remained in France during the early Napoleonic era, but condemned Napoleon's dictatorship, calling him "the completest charlatan that ever existed".[1] In 1802, he returned to America at President Thomas Jefferson's invitation. Thomas Paine died, at age 72, in No. 59 Grove Street, Greenwich Village, N.Y.C., on 8 June 1809. His burial site is located in New Rochelle, New York where he had lived after returning to America in 1802. His remains were later disinterred by an admirer looking to return them to England; his final resting place today is unknown. Source: Wikipedia
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