1. Education

Thomas Paine - Writer/Propagandist

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Birth:

January 29, 1737, Norfolk, England

Death:

June 8, 1809, New York

Early Influences:

  • Father was a Quaker
  • Family was poor
  • Disliked corset making and left home to go to sea
  • Failed as a shopkeeper

Education:

  • Spent a short time in Grammar School
  • Apprenticed as a corset maker to his father

Major Accomplishments:

  • Wrote the pamphlet Common Sense in 1776
  • Wrote a series of pamphlets entitled The Crisis during the American Revolution
  • Wrote Rights of Man from 1791-2
  • Elected to the French National Convention in 1792
  • Wrote The Age of Reason from 1794-5

Significance:

  • Common Sense was highly influential on the leaders of the Independence movement
  • His most influential work, Rights of Man argued against hereditary monarchy and for social equality

Contemporaries:

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