Historical Who is Who » PAINE, Thomas
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.
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