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Common Sense, Rights of Man, and Other Essential Writings of Thomas Paine (Signet Classics)

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Publisher Comments:

Noted works by one of the most eloquent proponents of democracy are together in this one volume. Paine's 1776 pamphlet "Common Sense" is joined by "The Rights of Man, " his defense of the French Revolution, and selections from "The Crisis."

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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."

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.

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)

Suggested Readings

Product Details

ISBN:
9780451528896
Introduction:
Hook, Sidney
Foreword:
Fruchtman, Jack
Introduction:
Hook, Sidney
Foreword by:
Fruchtman, Jr.
Foreword by:
Fruchtman, Jack, JR.
Foreword:
Fruchtman, Jack
Foreword:
Fruchtman, Jr.
Foreword:
Fruchtman, Jack, JR.
Author:
Hook, Sidney
Author:
Fruchtman, Jr., Jack
Author:
Fruchtman, Jack
Author:
Paine, Thomas
Publisher:
Signet Classics
Location:
New York
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Political science
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B-Mass Market
Series:
Signet Classics
Series Volume:
no. 17
Publication Date:
20030731
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
6.78x4.26x1.09 in. .44 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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