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The Age of Reason

About Paine:
Thomas Paine (29 January 1737–8 June 1809) was an English pamph-
leteer, revolutionary, radical, inventor, and intellectual. He lived and
worked in Britain until age 37, when he emigrated to the British Americ-
an colonies, in time to participate in the American Revolution. His prin-
cipal contribution was the powerful, widely-read pamphlet, Common
Sense (1776), advocating colonial America's independence from the
Kingdom of Great Britain, and of The American Crisis (1776-1783), a pro-
revolutionary pamphlet series. Later, he greatly influenced the French
Revolution. He wrote the Rights of Man (1791), a guide to Enlightenment
ideas. Despite not speaking French, he was elected to the French Nation-
al Convention in 1792. The Girondists regarded him an ally, so, the
Montagnards, especially Robespierre, regarded him an enemy. In
December of 1793, he was arrested and imprisoned in Paris, then re-
leased in 1794. He became notorious because of The Age of Reason
(1793-94), the book advocated deism and argued against Christian doc-
trines. In France, he also wrote the pamphlet Agrarian Justice (1795), dis-
cussing the origins of property, and introduced the concept of a guaran-
teed minimum income. He remained in France during the early Napo-
leonic era, but condemned Napoleon's dictatorship, calling him "the
completest charlatan that ever existed".[1] In 1802, he returned to Amer-
ica at President Thomas Jefferson's invitation. Thomas Paine died, at age
72,inNo.59GroveStreet,GreenwichVillage,N.Y.C.,on8June1809.His
burial site is located in New Rochelle, New York where he had lived
after returning to America in 1802. His remains were later disinterred by
an admirer looking to return them to England; his final resting place
today is unknown. Source: Wikipedia
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