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Thomas Paine and the promise of America

Author: Harvey J Kaye
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Traces the revolutionary spirit that runs through American history, and whose founding father and greatest advocate was Thomas Paine, showing how Paine turned Americans into radicals--and how we have remained radicals at heart ever since. Paine was one of the most remarkable political writers of the modern world, and the greatest radical of a radical age. Through his writings, he not only turned America's colonial  Read more...
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Named Person: Thomas Paine; Thomas Paine; Thomas Paine
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Harvey J Kaye
ISBN: 080908970X 9780809089703
OCLC Number: 56921124
Description: 326 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: A freeborn Briton --
An American revolutionary --
A citizen of the world --
The age of Paine --
Freedom must have all or none --
When, in countries that are called civilized --
Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered --
We have it in our power --
It is yet too soon to write the history of the Revolution.
Responsibility: by Harvey J. Kaye.
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Traces the revolutionary spirit that runs through American history, and whose founding father and greatest advocate was Thomas Paine, showing how Paine turned Americans into radicals--and how we have remained radicals at heart ever since. Paine was one of the most remarkable political writers of the modern world, and the greatest radical of a radical age. Through his writings, he not only turned America's colonial rebellion into a revolutionary war but, as Kaye demonstrates, articulated an American identity charged with purpose and promise. Beginning with Paine's life and ideas and following their influence through to our own day, Kaye reveals how, while the powers that be repeatedly sought to suppress, defame, and co-opt Paine's memory, generations of radical and liberal Americans have turned to Paine for inspiration as they endeavored to expand American freedom, equality, and democracy.--From publisher description.

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