Historical Who is Who

PAINE, Thomas

1737 - 1809
England
PHILOSOPHY

 

Buccaneering pamphleteer of human rights, from family background as Quaker and corset-maker, with subsequent experience as sailor, teacher and government tax collector. Emigration to US in 1774 prompted by his meeting Benjamin Franklin in London. Thereafter associated with American Civil War and later the French Revolution. His Common Sense, Rights of Man and Age of Reason were each revolutionary challenges to the social and political status quo and both moral and religious grounds.

Life

http://www.thomaspainesociety.org/#!bio/c240r

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/8089115.stm

http://www.historyguide.org/intellect/paine.html

Writings

Common Sense http://www.gutenberg.org/files/147/147-h/147-h.htm

Rights of Man http://www.ushistory.org/Paine/rights/index.htm

Age of Reason http://www.ushistory.org/Paine/reason/index.htm

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