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Thomas Paine And The Rights Of Man

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Thomas Paine was a political philosopher and writer who was deeply immersed in the creation of 19th century radicalism. He spent much of his younger life failing; he dropped from school at 12, failed as an apprentice corseter, and was subpar at best at being an England tax officer. But, he met Ben Franklin in 1774 who helped him move to Philadelphia. He became an extremely prominent journalist there, writing about independence and the army. But after moving back to England, he released the anti-monarchist piece ‘The Rights of Man’, was later imprisoned for not endorsing Louis XVI’s execution, and wrote the anti-church piece ‘The Age of Reason’. Once he barely avoided execution thanks to the U.S. Minister and was invited back to America, he
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