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The Life of Thomas Paine

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


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - North American History

  • Date Published: March 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108045377

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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. Paine's political pamphlets underlay the American Declaration of Independence, and he was also a member of the French Convention, voting against the execution of Louis XVI. Outlawed in England and imprisoned in France, his religious views became unpopular in America, and he died in poverty.

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    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108045377
    • dimensions: 215 x 140 x 53 mm
    • weight: 1.24kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: 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. Volume 2:
    1. 'Kill the King, but not the man'
    2. An outlawed English ambassador
    3. Revolution vs. constitution
    4. A garden in the Faubourg St Denis
    5. A conspiracy
    6. A testimony under the guillotine
    7. A minister and his prisoner
    8. Sick and in prison
    9. A restoration
    10. The silence of Washington
    11. The Age of Reason
    12. Friendships
    13. Theophilanthropy
    14. The Republican Abdiel
    15. The last year in Europe
    16. The American inquisition
    17. New Rochelle and the Bonnevilles
    18. A New York Prometheus
    19. Personal traits
    20. Death and resurrection

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    Moncure Daniel Conway

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