Description:New. No dust jacket as issued. Brand new, unopened copy still...New. No dust jacket as issued. Brand new, unopened copy still in the publisher's shrinkwrap. Bank of Wisdom CD#3. PDF format. Includes Life and Writings of Thomas Paine (10 volumes); The Writings of Thomas Paine (4 volumes) edited by Moncure D. Conway; The Life of Thomas Paine (2 vols. ) by Moncure D. Conway; The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine; Thomas Paine the Apostle of Religious and Political Liberty by John E. Remsburg. All on one CD-ROM. Thomas Paine (1737-1809) was deeply involved in the American and French Revolutions. He is the forgotten Founding Father, much of what he achieved has been suppressed because of the unpopularity of his religious views (he was a deist. ) Born into a Norfokshie Quaker family, he learned his father's trade as a (corset) staymaker but came to the American colonies in 1774. In 1776, his Common Sense made an insurrectionary appeal for freedom for the colonies and sold 120, 000 copies in two months, firing the citizens to revolution. He went back to London to sell his invention of an iron bridge, wrote Rights of Man (1791-1792) in defence of the French Revolution which necessitated his fleeing to France to escape British government. He wrote Age of Reason, which was highly critical of the Bible and Christianity, while in prison during the French Terror. When he was finally released from prison and in 1802 returned to the United States to find that his attack on Christianity had ruined him politically and socially and he was shunned by the revolutionary leaders, some of whom had earlier praised him as the man most responsible for the beginning and success of the American Revolution, because it was not politically expedient to be associated with him
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