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No individual's writing better exemplifies this transformation of the language of social and political change than that of Thomas Paine (1737-1809). And no individual has a better claim to be the world's first international revolutionary. His writings bear witness to his revolutionary activities, and provide us with a detailed picture of the evolving understanding of social and political change at the end of the eighteenth century.

About 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.

Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. A winner of the Great Teacher Award from the Society of Columbia Graduates, Foner is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the British Academy. He has served terms as President of both the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Eric Foner

Suggestions for Further Reading

A Note on the Text

RIGHTS OF MAN

Notes to Part One

Notes to Part Two

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140390155
Other:
Paine, Thomas
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Notes by:
Collins, Henry
Introduction by:
Foner, Eric
Introduction:
Foner, Eric
Author:
Paine, Thomas
Author:
Foner, Eric
Author:
Collins, Henry
Location:
Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Political
Subject:
History
Subject:
U.S. Government
Subject:
France
Subject:
Burke, edmund, 1729-1797
Subject:
Great Britain Politics and government 1760-1820.
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - General
Subject:
Government - U.S. Government
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Democracy
Subject:
Government - National
Subject:
Political Ideologies - General
Subject:
General Philosophy
Subject:
Burke, Edmund
Subject:
France History Revolution, 1789-1799.
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series:
Penguin American Library
Series Volume:
93-15
Publication Date:
19840531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7.77x5.06x.56 in. .43 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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