Thomas Paine - (1737 - 1809)

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Thomas Paine Biography

Few men nave ever received so large a share of the podium of common public opinion (which Hood defined as "the average prejudice of mankind") as Thomas Paine, whose pen was almost as powerful in support of the republican cause in the early years of the Revolution, as was the sword of Washington ; because it gave vitality to that latent national sentiment which formed the necessary basis of support to the civil and military power then just evoked by the political exigencies of the American people. He was a native of Thetford, England, where he was born, in 1737. He was bred to the business of stay-maker, carried on by his father, but his mind could not long be chained to the narrow employment of fashioning whale-bone and buckram for the bodices of ladies. He sought and obtained an interview with Dr. Franklin, when that statesman first went to England as agent for Pennsylvania, and by his advice Paine came to America, in 1774, and at once employed his powerful pen in the cause
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Thomas Paine author of "Common Sense", a pamphlet published in Philadelphia in January 1776
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Common Sense by Thomas Paine [Philosophy Audiobook

Common Sense by Thomas Paine, Audiobook, Audio Philosophy. Thomas Paine has a claim to the title The Father of the American Revolution because of Common Sense, the pro-independence monograph pamphlet he anonymously published on January 10, 1776; si

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Biography for Thomas Paine (1737 - 1809)
Biography for Thomas Paine
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Dissertation on first-principles of government 07-07-1795
There is no subject in which mankind are more universally interested than in the subject of government. His security, be he rich or poor,
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Common Sense - Thomas Paine 1791
Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not yet sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favor; a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable out
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Rights of Man - Thomas Paine 1792
Rights of Man by Thomas Paine - Secretary For Foreign Affairs To Congress In The American War
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Age of Reason - Thomas Paine 1794
I put the following work under your protection. It contains my opinions upon Religion. You will do me the justice to remember, that I have always strenuously supported the Right of every Man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to m
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The American Crisis 1776
The American Crisis is a group of articles written by Thomas Paine. The first one was read to the troops at Valley Forge
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The Crisis (1777-1783)
The American Crisis is a pamphlet series by 18th century Enlightenment philosopher and author Thomas Paine, originally published from 1776 to 1783 during the American Revolution. Often known as The American Crisis or simply The Crisis, there are sixteen p
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Four Letters on Interesting Subjects 1776
A selection of four letters written by Thomas Paine in 1776. Subjects of the letters are: criticism of colonial Tories; unity among the colonies; criticism of the charter granted to William Penn by Charles II; the characteristics of a good constitution.
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Wise Quotes From our Founding Fathers

Does it seem as though we are relying more and more on past personalities and their comments to give us sage advice instead of developing our own morality and intellect? Who determines what is a wise quote, a funny quote or even any comment that should be immortalized by the ages?

The Failure of the Founders of The US Constitution

Several years ago I began to feel overwhelmed by all the reports coming from Washington, especially the multitude of deficit spending and I decided to get involved. I began asking myself if the Founders may have overlooked something in the U.S. Constitution which could have prevented us from veering so far off track. It inspired me to explore further into the teachings of some of the early political philosophers and Founding Fathers. Let us look at what I discovered.

American Revolution and War for Independence

This paper is dedicated to the history of American Revolution and the War for Independence. The primary purpose of the survey given here is to carry out an analysis of the events of the late 18th century in the British colonies in North America on the basis of vast historical material published in the United States. The process that took place before and during the 1776-1783 period when 13 British colonies' aspiration for independence broke out into the so-called War

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To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Thomas Paine: The Crisis No. V - The American Crisis (1776 - 1783)
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Quote 409 details Share on Google+ - Quote 409 Linked In Share Button - Quote 409 As parents, we can have no joy, knowing that this government is not sufficiently lasting to ensure any thing which we may bequeath to posterity: And by a plain method of argument, as we are running the next generation into debt, we ought to do the work of it, otherwise we use them meanly and pitifully. In order to discover the line of our duty rightly, we should take our children in our hand, and fix our station a few years farther into life; that eminence will present a prospect, which a few present fears and prejudices conceal from our sight.

Thomas Paine: Common Sense, 1776
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Quote 731 details Share on Google+ - Quote 731 Linked In Share Button - Quote 731 You have too much at stake to hesitate. You ought not to think an hour upon the matter, but to spring to action at once...Now our time and turn is come, and perhaps the finishing stroke is reserved for us. When we look back on the dangers we have been saved from, and reflect on the success we have been blessed with, it would be sinful either to be idle or to despair.

Thomas Paine: The Crisis No. IV, Sept. 12, 1777
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Quote 661 details Share on Google+ - Quote 661 Linked In Share Button - Quote 661 The preservation of a free Government requires not merely, that the metes and bounds which separate each department of power be invariably maintained; but more especially that neither of them be suffered to overleap the great Barrier which defends the rights of the people. The Rulers who are guilty of such an encroachment, exceed the commission from which they derive their authority, and are Tyrants. The People who submit to it are governed by laws made neither by themselves nor by an authority derived from them, and are slaves.

Thomas Paine: 1785 - Memorial and Remonstrance Against Religious Assessments

Quote 1270 details Share on Google+ - Quote 1270 Linked In Share Button - Quote 1270 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.

Thomas Paine: The Crisis 1776
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