Thomas Paine


Thomas Paine was best known as a political figure. He played a key role in the founding of the United States and in promoting a political atmosphere that led to the French Revolution. He wrote a popular pamphlet called Common sense in which he advocated colonial America’s independence from England and another called Rights of man in which he argued for the cause of the French Revolution.

Paine was born and raised in England. In 1744 he emigrated from Great Britain to the American colonies, arriving in Philadelphia on November 30, 1774.

Writings of Thomas Paine

Paine, Thomas (1776) Common sense. Retrieved on May 11, 2011 from

Paine, Thomas (1777) The crisis. Retrieved on May 11, 2011 from

Paine, Thomas (1791) The rights of man. Retrieved on May 11, 2011 from

Paine, Thomas (1795) The age of reason. Retrieved on May 11, 2011 from

Writings about Thomas Paine

Aldridge, A. Owen (1959) Man of reason. Philadelphia: Lippincott

Aldridge, A. (1984). Thomas Paine's American ideology. Cranbury, NJ: Associated University Presses.

Ayer, A.J. (1989) Thomas Paine. NY: Atheneum.

Dyck, I., ed. (1988) Citizen of the world. NY: St. Martins.

Foner, Eric (1977) Tom Paine and revolutionary America. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hawke, David F. (1974) Paine. NY: Harper and Row.

Keane, John (1995) Tom Paine: A Political Life. London: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Williamson, Audrey (1973) Thomas Paine: His Life, Work and Times

Wilson, Jerome D. and Ricketson, William F. (1988) Thomas Paine and William Cobbett: The transatlanatic connection. Montreal, Canada: McGill-Queen’s University Press.