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Rights Of Man

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A book in 2 Parts, published in 1791 and 1792. Part First denounces Edmund Burke’s defense of monarchy and his attacks against the French Revolution, and in plain layman’s language traces the birth and fallacy of monarchy, and the source of man's inalienable rights. Part Second examines the roots and benefits of constitutional government. Written with Paine's dry wit and hard hitting logic, in layman's language, the book was widely circulated in Europe and America. Considered the earliest complete statement of republican principles, Paine opposes the idea of hereditary kings and speaks against the belief in dictatorial government as necessary to a well-managed society. Paine's visionary call for republicanism and social welfare was generations ahead of its time, and landed him in prison and narrowly escaping the guillotine! NOTE: Long chapters of this document have been divided into Parts to comply with audio file size requirements. While not designated thus by Paine, every effort has been made to create logical divisions.( ~

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THE WRITINGS OF THOMAS PAINE, VOLUME II.

By Thomas Paine

Collected And Edited By

Moncure Daniel Conway

1779 1792

[Redactor's Note: Reprinted from the "The Writings of Thomas Paine Volume I" (1894 1896). The author's notes are preceded by a "". A Table of Contents has been added for each part for the convenience of the reader which is not included in the printed edition. Notes are at the end of Part II. ]

TABLE OF CONTENTS

XIII The Rights of Man

PART THE FIRST BEING AN ANSWER TO MR. BURKE'S ATTACK ON THE FRENCH REVOLUTION

Editor's Introduction Dedication to George Washington Preface to the English Edition Preface to the French Edition Rights of Man Miscellaneous Chapter Conclusion

XIV The Rights of Man

PART THE SECOND COMBINING PRINCIPLE AND PRACTICE

French Translator's Preface Dedication to M. de la Fayette Preface Introduction Chapter I Of Society and Civilisation Chapter II Of the Origin of the Present Old Governments Chapter III Of the Old and New Systems of Government Chapter IV Of Constitutions Chapter V Ways and Means of Improving the Condition of Europe, Interspersed with Miscellaneous Observations

Appendix Notes

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