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Thomas Paine (1737-1809)
Bicentennial of the Death of Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine (1737-1809) was a vigorous defender of and participant in both the American and French Revolutions. His most famous work is Common Sense (1776) which was an early call for the independence of the American colonies from Britain. His other well known work is The Rights of Man (1791) which was a reply to Burke’s critique of the French Revolution. Although he was a best selling author in the 1770s by the the time of his death he was largely forgotton in America.

[For further reading see The American Revolution and the Debate about the French Revolution]