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Thomas Paine

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Fruchtman, Jack. Thomas Paine: Apostle of Freedom. New York, NY: Four Walls Eight Windows, 1996.

Kaye, Harvey. Thomas Paine: Firebrand of the Revolution. Oxford University Press, 2000.

Paine, Thomas. Thomas Paine: Collected Writings. Ed. Eric Foner. The Library of America, 1995.

Grote, Bruce & Fish, Becky. Thomas Paine: Collected Writings. Ed. Arthur Schlesinger. Chelsea House, 1999.

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Theme: America as an Example of Democracy

by awritersjourney, July 04, 2013

Originally the paragon of the Ancient Greeks, democracy returns to the Western World with its advent in the Americas. Paine argues that for America to assume this type of government it would serve as an example for the rest of the Western World which is run by monarchies. As part of the "New World", Pain suggests, America now has the opportunity to practice better government institutions that will allow all individuals "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Theme: America as an Example of Democracy

by awritersjourney, July 04, 2013

Originally the paragon of the Ancient Greeks, democracy returns to the Western World with its advent in the Americas. Paine argues that for America to assume this type of government it would serve as an example for the rest of the Western World which is run by monarchies. As part of the "New World", Pain suggests, America now has the opportunity to practice better government institutions that will allow all individuals "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Theme: America as an Example of Democracy

by awritersjourney, July 04, 2013

Originally the paragon of the Ancient Greeks, democracy finds its new home in the beginnings America. Paine argues that this form of government can begin the change in the "New World" for better institutions of government. America, as a beacon of the democratic system, ultimately has the potential to provide all of its citizens with a chance for " life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

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