The Life of Thomas Paine 2 Volume Set: With a History of his Literary, Political and Religious Career in America, France, and England

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Moncure Daniel Conway (1832?1907), the son of a Virginian plantation-owner, became a Unitarian minister, but his anti-slavery views made him controversial. He later became a freethinker, and following the outbreak of the Civil War, which deeply divided his own family, he left the United States for England in 1863. This two-volume biography of Thomas Paine (1737?1809) was published in 1892, and was followed by a four-volume edition of his works, which did much to inspire a reassessment of Paine's importance in the...

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Moncure Daniel Conway (1832–1907), the son of a Virginian plantation-owner, became a Unitarian minister, but his anti-slavery views made him controversial. He later became a freethinker, and following the outbreak of the Civil War, which deeply divided his own family, he left the United States for England in 1863. This two-volume biography of Thomas Paine (1737–1809) was published in 1892, and was followed by a four-volume edition of his works, which did much to inspire a reassessment of Paine's importance in the 'age of revolutions'. Conway clearly identified with Paine's radicalism as well as his activities on both sides of the Atlantic. Paine's political pamphlets underlay the American Declaration of Independence, and he was also a member of the French Convention, voting against the execution of Louis XVI. Outlawed in England and imprisoned in France, his religious views became unpopular in America, and he died in poverty.

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Volume 1: Preface; 1. Early influences; 2. Early struggles; 3. Domestic trouble; 4. The New World; 5. Liberty and equality; 6. Common Sense; 7. Under the banner of independence; 8. Soldier and secretary; 9. French aid, and the Paine–Deane controversy; 10. A story by Gouverneur Morris; 11. Cause, country, self; 12. A journey to France; 13. The muzzled ox treading out the grain; 14. Great Washington and poor Paine; 15. Pontifical and political inventions; 16. Returning to the old home; 17. A British lion with an American heart; 18. Paine's letters to Jefferson in Paris; 19. The key of the Bastille; 20. The Rights of Man; 21. Founding the European Republic; 22. The right of evolution; 23. The deputy for Calais in the Convention; 24. Outlawed in England. Volume 2: 1. 'Kill the King, but not the man'; 2. An outlawed English ambassador; 3. Revolution vs. constitution; 4. A garden in the Faubourg St Denis; 5. A conspiracy; 6. A testimony under the guillotine; 7. A minister and his prisoner; 8. Sick and in prison; 9. A restoration; 10. The silence of Washington; 11. The Age of Reason; 12. Friendships; 13. Theophilanthropy; 14. The Republican Abdiel; 15. The last year in Europe; 16. The American inquisition; 17. New Rochelle and the Bonnevilles; 18. A New York Prometheus; 19. Personal traits; 20. Death and resurrection; Appendix; Index.

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