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Synopsis: COMMONSENSE AND SELECTED WORKS OF THOMAS PAINE

Thomas Paine is one of history's most renowned thinkers and was indispensible to both the American and French revolutions. The three works included, "Common Sense," "The Rights of Man," and "The Age of Reason," are among his most famous publications. Paine is probably best known for his hugely popular pamphlet, "Common Sense," which swayed public opinion in favor of American independence from England. "The Rights of Man" and "The Age of Reason" further advocated for universal human rights, a republican instead of monarchical government, and truth and reason in politics. The works of this moral visionary, whose ideas are as relevant today as ever, are now available as part of the Word Cloud Classics series, providing a stylish and affordable addition to any library. Lexile score: 1300L

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ISBN 9781626860971
Weight 0.612
Publisher PERSEUS DISTRIBUTION
Book Size (cm.) 137x190x38
Dimension Width(กว้าง)(CM) 5.4000
Dimension Length(ยาว)(CM) 7.5000
Dimension High(สูง/หนา)(CM) 1.5000
Language English
Number of Pages 462

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Thomas Paine is one of history's most renowned thinkers and was indispensible to both the American and French revolutions. The three works included, "Common Sense," "The Rights of Man," and "The Age of Reason," are among his most famous publications. Paine is probably best known for his hugely popular pamphlet, "Common Sense," which swayed public opinion in favor of American independence from England. "The Rights of Man" and "The Age of Reason" further advocated for view all

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PAINE, THOMAS

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education, but did learn to read, write and perform arithmetic. At the age of 13, he began working with his father as stay maker (the thick rope stays used on sailing ships) and he later worked as an officer of the excise, hunting smugglers, and collecting liquor and tobacco taxes. He did not excel at this job, nor at any other early job, and his life in England was, in fact, marked by repeated failures.

To compound his professional hardships, around 1760, Paine's wife and child both died in childbirth, and his business, that of making stay ropes, went under. In the summer of 1772, Paine published "The Case of the Officers of Excise," a 21-page article in defense of higher pay for excise officers. It was his first political work, and he spent that winter in London, handing out the 4,000 copies of the article to members of Parliament and other citizens. In spring of 1774, Paine was fired from the excise office, and began to see his outlook as bleak. Luckily, he soon met Benjamin Franklin, who advised him to move to America and provided him with letters of introduction to the newly formed nation.

The Move to America

Paine arrived in Philadelphia on November 30, 1774, taking up his first regular employment—helping to edit the Pennsylvania Magazine—in January 1775. At this time, Paine began writing in earnest, publishing several articles, anonymously or under pseudonyms. One of his early articles was a scathing condemnation of the African slave trade, called "African Slavery in America," which he signed under the name "Justice and Humanity." Paine's propagandist ideas were just coming toge...

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