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Thomas Paine : apostle of freedom

Author: Jack Fruchtman
Publisher: New York : Four Walls Eight Windows, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Thomas Paine (1737-1809), the man who gave the name to the United States, became known as the Voice of the Revolution. Paine was one of the most radical and outspoken figures of the eighteenth century - an independent thinker on a level with Voltaire and Goethe. The self-educated former tax collector was famed for his fiery disposition and brilliant way with words in defense of liberty. A cabin boy on board a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Thomas Paine; Thomas Paine
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jack Fruchtman
ISBN: 0941423948 9780941423946
OCLC Number: 30919220
Notes: Map of the voyages of Thomas Paine on endpapers.
Description: xii, 557 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Beginnings --
Thetford and beyond --
"Poverty begets meanness" --
Liberty and the republic --
"Common sense will tell us" --
Summer soldiers and sunshine patriots --
Financial plagues and Silas Deane --
A hired pen --
Invention and finance --
France --
Burke's response: "The swinish multitude" --
The "inherent, indefeasible" Rights of man --
Social responsibility and illuminist spirituality --
"The most determined champion of republican principles" --
The Revolution declines --
The two-edged sword of liberty --
The age of reason --
"Some very ignorant and stupid pretenders" --
Justice, agrarian style --
Illuminism and Nicolas de Bonneville --
Home in America --
Bitter battles with Federalists --
Final days --
Assessment.
Responsibility: by Jack Fruchtman, Jr.

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Thomas Paine (1737-1809), the man who gave the name to the United States, became known as the Voice of the Revolution. Paine was one of the most radical and outspoken figures of the eighteenth century - an independent thinker on a level with Voltaire and Goethe. The self-educated former tax collector was famed for his fiery disposition and brilliant way with words in defense of liberty. A cabin boy on board a privateer, twice married, first an official and later a victim of the French revolutionary government, at odds with his fellow American rebels, and constantly beset by money problems, Paine lived a full and exciting life. In addition to his better known accomplishments, he designed bridges, a "smokeless candle" and a detailed plan for the invasion of Britain - and all this from a man who abruptly turned from being a craftsman to a statesman at the age of thirty-seven. Together with his colleagues Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin, Paine provided the philosophical underpinnings for the new nation. He is best known for his radical works The Age of Reason, Rights of Man, and, above all, Common Sense.

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