Rights of Man (Essential Thinkers Series)
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Rights of Man (Essential Thinkers Series)

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by Thomas Paine
     
 

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Thomas Paine was an idealist, a radical and a master rhetorician of political theory, who also played a prominent part in the most dramatic events of his age. He was an inspiring propagandist in the cause of American independence, and after supporting the Revolution in France was elected as a deputy to the National Convention. Two years later, during the Terror, he

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Thomas Paine was an idealist, a radical and a master rhetorician of political theory, who also played a prominent part in the most dramatic events of his age. He was an inspiring propagandist in the cause of American independence, and after supporting the Revolution in France was elected as a deputy to the National Convention. Two years later, during the Terror, he himself narrowly escaped the guillotine.

No one ever did more than Paine to foster the spirit of equality on which all modern democracy is based. Championing the rights of the downtrodden and the dispossessed, he directed the full force of his scorn against those who claimed that birth and social position justified their right to rule. Rights of Man, an instant bestseller in 1791, remains one of the most powerful political tracts of all time.

Thomas Paine (1737-1809) was born in Norfolk, England and worked at a variety of occupations before emigrating to America in 1774, where he made his name supporting the Revolution. In 1787 he returned to England where, in 1791, he was prosecuted for writing Rights of Man. He fled to France, where he was elected to the National Convention before being imprisoned under Robespierre. He died, largely forgotten, in America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760762387
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
01/15/2005
Series:
Essential Thinkers Series
Pages:
338
Product dimensions:
4.02(w) x 6.20(h) x 0.75(d)

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The Rights of Man 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
CharlesSage More than 1 year ago
While Paine's goal was to defend the French Revolution as it took place, he also provides, perhaps unwittingly, a treatise on natural rights that governments should and must respect if they are to have any legitimacy. He also covers what it means to be a government and where the true power lies. A great plain-language text that is still relevant today, Rights of Man is a must read for anyone interested in some of the theory behind the Constitutional debates in our own country 200+ years ago.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One might assume that a book on political philosophy promises to be a rather dry read, but, aside from a foray into English tax reform in Part Two, this is largely not the case for Rights of Man. Paine's work remains immenitely readable. It was fascinating to read the case for so many of the central principles of American democracy. Many of these principles, including democracy, political equality, liberty, and the separation of church and state we accept as given, and hardly take the time to examine theri foundation. Paine is writing in a time when these ideas were actively being debated.
donrawfulguy More than 1 year ago
HAVING DIFFICULTY STAYING WITH THIS BOOK
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In short, freedom isn't free.
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