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Thomas Paine And His Writings


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Thomas Paine And His Writings

  1. 1. Thomas Paine and His Writings By Enoch Thorne Eng 1102 Professor Owen October 03, 2009
  2. 2. Table of Contents <ul><li>History of Thomas Paine 3-6 </li></ul><ul><li>Common Sense 7-8 </li></ul><ul><li>The Crisis 9 </li></ul>
  3. 3. History of Thomas Paine <ul><li>Born January 29, 1737 at Thetford, Norfolk, England. </li></ul><ul><li>Educated at Thetford Grammar School. </li></ul><ul><li>1774 met Benjamin Franklin and later that year emigrated to America. </li></ul><ul><li>1775 published “African Slavery in America” and in The Pennsylvania Journal “A Serious Thought.” </li></ul><ul><li>1776 Served in Continental Army, published the pamphlet, Common Sense and the American Crisis papers. </li></ul>
  4. 4. History Continued <ul><li>1777-1779 Served as Secretary of the Committee of Foreign Affairs. </li></ul><ul><li>1780 received a Master of Arts degree from University of Pennsylvania. </li></ul><ul><li>1786 published Dissertations on Government; the Affairs of the Bank; and Paper Money. </li></ul><ul><li>1787 published Prospects on the Rubicon. </li></ul><ul><li>1789 aided in drawing up the “Declaration of the Rights of Man and of Citizens.” </li></ul>
  5. 5. History Continued <ul><li>1792 wrote Letter Addressed to the Addressers on the Late Proclamation , as a result of Rights of Man and the Address , Paine was outlawed from the country of Britain. </li></ul><ul><li>1793 member of a nine man committee to write a constitution for France. </li></ul><ul><li>1794 published The Age of Reason, Part I </li></ul><ul><li>1795 Published Dissertation on First Principles of Government. </li></ul>
  6. 6. History Continued <ul><li>1796 Published Age of Reason Part II, Decline and Fall of the English System of Finance and Letter to Washington. </li></ul><ul><li>1797 Agrarian Justice and Discourse to the Theophilanthropists. </li></ul><ul><li>1802 attacked the Federalists in eight Letters to the Citizens of the United States. </li></ul><ul><li>1809 Died and buried in New Rochelle, New York. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Common Sense Arguments against British rule <ul><li>It was ridiculous for an island to rule a continent. </li></ul><ul><li>America was not a “British nation”; it was composed of influences and peoples from all of Europe. </li></ul><ul><li>If Britain was the “mother country” of America, her actions are all the more horrendous, for no mother would harm her children so brutally. </li></ul><ul><li>America would be dragged into unnecessary European wars if left a part of Britain. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Arguments against British rule <ul><li>The distance between the two nations made governing the colonies from England cumbersome. </li></ul><ul><li>Puritans believed that God wanted to give them a safe haven from the persecution of British rule. </li></ul><ul><li>British ruled the colonies for its own benefit, and did not consider the interests of the colonists in governing them. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>The Above is the opening line for American Crisis, also called The Crisis. </li></ul><ul><li>It was written to raise the morale the American colonists. </li></ul><ul><li>It appealed to the English people’s consideration of the war with America </li></ul><ul><li>It clarified issues at stake in the war. </li></ul><ul><li>Denounced the advocates of a negotiated peace. </li></ul>