The Real Thomas Paine

The Real Thomas Paine

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, Thomas Painea€™s dream was the establishment of a new nation governed by the people for the people. His passion was the total independence of America, and the declaration of it to the world. Painea€™s goal was democracy. By way of contrast, John Adamsa€™ scheme was just the opposite. Adams worked to build an overriding national governing body, separate from the common people. His idea was governance by an elite ruling class patterned after the British system. Because Thomas Paine wrote in opposition to Adamsa€™ intrigues, Adams detested Paine. Yet, later in his life, Adams would admit that a€œHistory is to ascribe the American Revolution to Thomas Paine.a€ It is the authora€™s firm conviction that by reading The Real Thomas Paine, teachers of American History and anyone who is interested in learning about the formation of the United States and Thomas Painea€™s role in its establishment will derive a much better understanding of Americaa€™s birth.On July l, 1776 in a letter to Will Fleming, he wrote: a€œIf any doubt has arisen as to me, my country will have my political creed in the form of a ... Clearly, Jefferson intended to follow the explicit instructions given by the Virginia convention on May 15, 1776. ... In a letter to Abigail dated July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote, a€œ yesterday, the greatest question was decided which ever was debated in America, and aanbsp;...

Title:The Real Thomas Paine
Author:Joseph M. Hentz
Publisher:iUniverse - 2010-05-12


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