Thomas Paine

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Thomas Paine


Born
in Thetford, Norfolk, England
February 09, 1737

Died
June 08, 1809

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Thomas Paine was an English-American political activist, author, political theorist and revolutionary. As the author of two highly influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, he inspired the Patriots in 1776 to declare independence from Britain. His ideas reflected Enlightenment-era rhetoric of transnational human rights. He has been called "a corset maker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination".

Born in Thetford, England, in the county of Norfolk, Paine emigrated to the British American colonies in 1774 with the help of Benjamin Franklin, arriving just in time to participate in the American Revolution. His principal contributions were the powerful, widely read pamphlet Common Sense (1776),
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Common Sense

3.96 avg rating — 21,188 ratings — published 1776 — 433 editions
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Common Sense, The Rights of...

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Common Sense and Other Writ...

3.88 avg rating — 9,381 ratings — published 1776 — 6 editions
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Rights of Man

4.01 avg rating — 7,332 ratings — published 1791 — 143 editions
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The Age of Reason

4.12 avg rating — 5,960 ratings — published 1794 — 189 editions
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Collected Writings: Common ...

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Rights of Man, Common Sense...

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The Crisis

3.93 avg rating — 281 ratings — published 1776 — 53 editions
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The Writings of Thomas Pain...

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Rights of Man and Common Sense

4.05 avg rating — 123 ratings — published 1989 — 10 editions
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“The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.”
Thomas Paine, A Letter Addressed to the Abbe Raynal on the Affairs of North America

“These are the times that try men's souls.”
Thomas Paine, The American Crisis

“Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good.”
Thomas Paine, Rights of Man