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|Named Person:||Thomas Paine; Thomas Paine; Thomas Paine|
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|Description:||xxii, 644 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.|
|Contents:||England, 1737-1774 --
Thetford days --
The ruined citizen --
America, 1774-1787 --
The empire and the orphan --
The birth of America --
Public insults --
The federalist --
The woes of peace --
France and England, 1787-1802 --
Rights of man --
Executing a king --
Prison to dictatorship --
America, 1802-1809 --
Growing old in America.
Variously employed in England as a corset maker, ship's hand, Methodist lay preacher, exciseman, and writer who dabbled in public affairs, he later became the key pamphleteer in the American Revolution and author of Common Sense, an intellectual cornerstone of American democracy. In Britain, his Rights of Man frightened the establishment. Paine was also twice invited to France, where he helped draft the 1793 constitution, narrowly escaped the guillotine during the Terror, and wrote the most explosive modern plea for secularism, The Age of Reason. Setting his compelling narrative against a vivid social backdrop, John Keane melds together the public and private sides of Paine's life in a remarkable piece of scholarship, which is also thrilling to read. Meticulously researched and drawing on newly available material from the United States and Europe, this is the definitive biography of a man whose life and work have an uncanny resonance for our times.
- Paine, Thomas, -- 1737-1809.
- Political scientists -- United States -- Biography.
- Revolutionaries -- United States -- Biography.
- EE.UU. -- Historia -- Revolución, 1775 1783.
- EE.UU. -- Historia -- Siglo XVIII.
- Paine, Thomas
- Political scientists.
- United States.