The Life of Thomas Paine: Volume 1

The Life of Thomas Paine: Volume 1 : With a History of his Literary, Political and Religious Career in America, France, and England

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Moncure Daniel Conway (1832-1907), the son of a Virginian plantation-owner, became a Unitarian minister, but his anti-slavery views made him controversial. He later became a freethinker, and following the outbreak of the Civil War, which deeply divided his own family, he left the United States for England in 1863. This two-volume biography of Thomas Paine (1737-1809) was published in 1892, and was followed by a four-volume edition of his works, which did much to inspire a reassessment of Paine's importance in the 'age of revolutions'. Conway clearly identified with Paine's radicalism as well as his activities on both sides of the Atlantic. Volume 1 covers his early life, his arrival in America in 1774 and involvement with the cause of American independence, and the subsequent war. In 1787 he returned to Europe, where he witnessed the fall of the Bastille, and published Rights of Man.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 b/w illus.
  • 1139177583
  • 9781139177580

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Early influences; 2. Early struggles; 3. Domestic trouble; 4. The New World; 5. Liberty and equality; 6. Common Sense; 7. Under the banner of independence; 8. Soldier and secretary; 9. French aid, and the Paine-Deane controversy; 10. A story by Gouverneur Morris; 11. Cause, country, self; 12. A journey to France; 13. The muzzled ox treading out the grain; 14. Great Washington and poor Paine; 15. Pontifical and political inventions; 16. Returning to the old home; 17. A British lion with an American heart; 18. Paine's letters to Jefferson in Paris; 19. The key of the Bastille; 20. The Rights of Man; 21. Founding the European Republic; 22. The right of evolution; 23. The deputy for Calais in the Convention; 24. Outlawed in England.
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