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Table of ContentsIntroduction . . . . 1 Of the Origin and Design of Government In General, with Concise Remarks On the English Constitution . . . . 3 Of Monarchy and Hereditary Succession . . . . 11 Thoughts On the Present State of American Affairs . . . . . 23 Of the Present Ability of America, with Some Miscellaneous Reflexions . . . . . 45 Appendix . . . . . 59
THOMAS PAINE (February 9, 1737 - June 8, 1809) was an author, pamphleteer, radical, inventor, intellectual, revolutionary, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Born in Thetford, Norfolk, Paine emigrated to the British American colonies in 1774 in time to participate in the American Revolution. His principal contributions were the powerful, widely read pamphlet Common Sense (1776), advocating colonial America's independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and The American Crisis (1776-1783), a pro-revolutionary pamphlet series. The historian Saul K. Padover in the biography Jefferson: A Great American's Life and Ideas, refers to Paine as "a corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination."From Thomas Paine on Wikipedia
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