Common Sense, Rights of Man, and Other Essential Writings of Thomas Paine

By Thomas Paine; Jack Fruchtman, Jr. (Foreword by); Jr. Fruchtman (Foreword by)
Signet Classics, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780451528896, 416pp.

Publication Date: July 2003

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Paine's daring prose paved the way for the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War. This volume also includes ""The Crisis,"" ""The Age of Reason,"" and ""Agrarian Justice.

About the Author
English-born Thomas Paine left behind hearth and home for adventures on the high seas at nineteen. Upon returning to shore, he became a tax officer, and it was this job that inspired him to write The Case of the Officers of Excise in 1772. Paine then immigrated to Philadelphia, and in 1776 he published Common Sense, a defense of American independence from England. After returning to Europe, Paine wrote his famous Rights of Man as a response to criticism of the French Revolution. He was subsequently labeled as an outlaw, leading him to flee to France where he joined the National Convention. However, in 1793 Paine was imprisoned, and during this time he wrote the first part of The Age of Reason, an anti-church text which would go on to be his most famous work. After his release, Paine returned to America where he passed away in 1809.

Praise For Common Sense, Rights of Man, and Other Essential Writings of Thomas Paine

"Without...Paine, the sword of Washington would have been wielded in vain."
-John Adams

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