Yet despite this legacy, historians have paid less attention to Paine than to other leading Patriots such as Thomas Jefferson. In Paine and Jefferson in the Age of Revolutions, editors Simon Newman and Peter Onuf present a collection of essays that examine how the reputations of two figures whose outlooks were so similar have had such different trajectories.
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 20 mm
These provocative essays not only offer striking insights into the ideas and careers of Paine and Jefferson, but also shed important new light on the age of democratic revolution they did so much to usher in.--Eric Foner, Columbia University, author of Tom Paine and Revolutionary America
A remarkable intellectual treat, served up by Anglo-American scholars, who masterfully enhance our understanding and appreciation of Enlightenment democratic theory.--Isaac Kramnick, Cornell University, coauthor of The Godless Constitution: A Moral Defense of the Secular State
Paine and Jefferson in the Age of Revolutions is a much-needed addition to the canon, and will go far to help a new generation come to terms with two of our more elusive founding figures. These essays contain a rich trove of fresh insights about Paine and Jefferson, and their relationships with their times, their reading public, and each other. Peter Onuf and Simon Newman have rendered an important public service.--Edward L. Widmer, Brown University
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