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Since its publication in 1976, Tom Paine and Revolutionary America has been recognized as a classic study of the career of the foremost political pamphleteer of the Age of Revolution, and a model of how to integrate the political, intellectual, and social history of the struggle for American independence.

Foner skillfully brings together an account of Paine's remarkable career with a careful examination of the social worlds within which he operated, in Great Britain, France, and especially the United States. He explores Paine's political and social ideas and the way he popularized them by pioneering a new form of political writing, using simple, direct language and addressing himself to a reading public far broader than previous writers had commanded. He shows which of Paine's views remained essentially fixed throughout his career, while directing attention to the ways his stance on social questions evolved under the pressure of events. This enduring work makes clear the tremendous impact Paine's writing exerted on the American Revolution, and suggests why he failed to have a similar impact during his career in revolutionary France. It also offers new insights into the nature and internal tensions of the republican outlook that helped to shape the Revolution.

In a new preface, Foner discusses the origins of this book and the influences of the 1960s and 1970s on its writing. He also looks at how Paine has been adopted by scholars and politicians of many stripes, and has even been called the patron saint of the Internet.

Table of Contents

Preface to Updated Edition

Introduction

1. The Making of a Radical

2. Paine's Philadelphia

3. Common Sense and Paine's Republicanism

4. Paine, the Philadelphia Radicals, and the Political Revolution of 1776

5. Price Controls and Laissez-Faire: Paine and the Moral Economy of the American Crowd

6. Paine and the New Nation

7. Epilogue: England, France, and America

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195174854
Author:
Foner, Eric
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Author:
null, Eric
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - Revolutionary War
Subject:
United States - Colonial Period
Subject:
Revolutionary
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
United States / Colonial Period(1600-1775)
Subject:
History, American | Colonial
Subject:
History, American | Colonial and Revolutionary
Subject:
United States Politics and government.
Subject:
Political culture -- United States -- History.
Subject:
History, American | Colonial & Revolutionary
Subject:
US History-Colonial America
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Updated
Publication Date:
20040930
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
29 illus. and 1 map
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
5.4 x 8.2 x 1 in 0.931 lb

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