Paine, Thomas
(1737–1809)
English political theorist and activist. Born in Thetford, Norfolk, Paine emigrated to America in 1774, where he met Franklin . His pamphlet Common Sense (1776) was the first public call for American independence. The Rights of Man (1791–2) was a response to Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France, in which Paine affirms basically Lockean principles of democracy and liberty against Burke's conservative attack on the revolution. Paine had a brief success in France, but narrowly escaped being guillotined (he credited his escape to divine providence), and returned to America where he died in relative obscurity.

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