The Thomas Paine Reader

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Overview

This major collection reveals Thomas paine 1737-1809 as an inspiration to the Americans in their struggle for independence, a passionate supporter of the French Revolution and the greatest of English radical writers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140444964
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/28/1987
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 982,089
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 1.00 (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

Editors' Introduction: The Life, Ideology and Legacy of Thomas Paine
Paine's Writings:
1. The Case of the Officers of Excise (1772)
2. African Slavery in American (1775)
3. Reflections on the Life and Death of Lord Clive (1775)
4. Liberty Tree (1775) 5. Common Sense (1776)
6. The American Crisis (1776-83)
7. Public Good (1780)
8. Six Letters to Rhode Island (1782-3)
9. Letter to the Abbé Raynal (1782)
10. Dissertations on Government, the Affairs of the Bank, and Paper Money (1786)
11. The Rights of Man (1791-2)
12. Letter Addressed to the Addressers on the Late Proclamation (1792)
13. An Essay for the Use of New Republicans in Their Opposition to Monarchy (1792)
14. Reasons for Preserving the Life of Louis Capet (1793)
15. The Age of Reason, Part One (1794)
16. Dissertation on First Principles of Government (1795)
17. Agrarian Justice (1795)
18. Letter to George Washington (1795)
19. To the Citizens of the United States (1802-3)
20. The Construction of Iron Bridges (1803)
21. Constitutional Reform (1805)

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    Finding Paine on Your Own

    Very interesting and educational read. The writing is a little wordy and dry at times, but is bearable due to the slight humor throughout the works. Very interesting to read and see first hand how horribly the book is being represented by most political groups in the media. All works are subject to interpretation, however I know first hand of blatant examples of Paine's works being taken out of context to suit whatever party is quoting or ripping of his works. I have a lot more respect and patience with the founding of our nation after reading this. Highly recommend for anyone curious about the start of our country.

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