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Paine, Thomas
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( Jan 29, 1737, Norfolk, England – Jun 8, 1809, NY), deist (Deism) and political agitator. His parents were Quakers. In 1774 he sailed for the American colonies, leaving behind him an unhappy marriage, unpaid debts, and a dubious reputation. In the New World his luck changed dramatically: his pamphlet Common Sense (1776), the first public cry for American independence, was an instant success. He continued his work as a political polemicist with the Crisis papers, written during the War of Independence, and The Rights of Man (1792), an uncompromising defense of the…

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Walters, Kerry S., “Paine, Thomas”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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