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

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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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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451528896
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/17/2003
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 245,075
  • Product dimensions: 4.34 (w) x 6.84 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Common Sense, Rights of Man, and Other Essential Writings of Thomas Paine Foreword Introduction
COMMON SENSE

Introduction
Of the origin and design of government in general Of monarchy and hereditary succession Thoughts on the present state of American affairs Of the present ability of America Appendix

The Crisis
Number I Number III (Selections)
Number IV (Selections)
Number V Number VII (Selections)
Number VIII (Selections)
Number XIII

Rights of Man
Part the First
Prefaces: To the French Edition; To the English Edition Rights of Man Declaration of the Rights of Man and of Citizens Observations on the Declaration of Rights Miscellaneous Chapter Conclusion

Part the Second: Combining Principles and Practice
Preface Introduction Chapter I: Of Society and Civilization Chapter II: Of the Origin of the Present Old Governments Chapter III: Of the Old and New Systems of Government Chapter IV: Of Constitutions Chapter V: Ways and Means of Improving the Conditions of Europe, Interspersed with Miscellaneous Observations (Selections)

The Age of Reason
Part One (Selections)

Agrarian Justice (Selections)

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  • Posted January 11, 2010

    Common Sense, If you want it read it.

    This book is rather interesting and has many topics it covers. I would not consider reading this book unless you enjoy history alot. This book cover the basic life of Thomas Paine and mentions things you would not read in your everyday highschool history class.

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