Thomas Paine Biographies

Thomas Paine was an amazing man. Until the age of 34, he was pretty much a failure at whatever he attempted. And yet this man, who moved from England to America, became one of the most influential writers in history. When he moved to America, he became a writer, but didn't write using his own name. In January of 1776, his pamphlet "Common Sense" was published under his real name, and this pamphlet was highly influential in creating support for the American Revolution, which led to America's independence from Britain. He is a man worth learning about, proof that late bloomers can be at least if not more influential that those whose talents and abilities were apparent early.

Thomas Paine's Common Sense

Thomas Paine's Common Sense
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This book isn't about Thomas Paine himself, but about his pamphlet "Common Sense." It explains the people involved in the story of its creation as well as the reason for its creation. It wouldn't be complete, though, without a discussion of its effect on history, and it has that as well. Within the discussion are excerpts from the pamphlet itself. The book is illustrated with reproductions and photos. Additional information is included in side comments under the heading "It's a Fact!" This is a great resource to help kids understand the significance of "Common Sense."

Ages 8 to 10

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Uncommon Revolutionary A Story About Thomas Paine

Uncommon Revolutionary: A Story About Thomas Paine
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This book will help kids understand not just Thomas Paine, but also the Revolutionary period in American history and the opposing views that existed at the time. The biography provided of Paine is a basic one, but does help readers understand the man, from his birth and early years in England, his meeting with Ben Franklin, his desire of an intellectual life, and his eventual journey to America where his desire became a reality. It also covers his personality and his pamphlet "Common Sense." The full page illustrations are in black and white.

Ages 8 and up

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Thomas Paine Writes Common Sense

Thomas Paine Writes Common Sense
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This is a book that will appeal to kids who like the comic book format. It is a graphic book that is just as informative as some other books and will help readers see that history can be fun - assuming they don't already think so!

Ages 8 and up

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Thomas Paine: Crusader for Liberty

Thomas Paine: Crusader for Liberty
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Liberty. It's a state that humans have been seeking seemingly forever. This book covers the quest for liberty in the 18th century. Although most Americans, and many others around the world, are familiar with the American and French Revolutions, they aren't always familiar with how the Enlightenment helped create the atmosphere that made those revolutions possible. Although there are some irrelevant details in this book and the reading list provided is a list of books for adults, the book provides plenty of information about Thomas Paine. It also discusses class conflict, the Enlightenment, slavery, and the American and French Revolutions. Readers will see how Paine, a relatively uneducated man, continued to present his ideas about American independence from Great Britain in spite of the risk to both his reputation and his life.

Ages 8 and up

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Thomas Paine Great Writer Of The Revolution

Thomas Paine Great Writer Of The Revolution
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This book is a relatively simple biography of Thomas Paine and his influence on the American people, particularly the political leaders of the American Revolutionary War. It's hard to imagine what the course of history would be without Thomas Paine. Would there even be an America? The book includes a timeline to help readers keep track of events.

Ages 10 and up

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Thomas Paine: Firebrand of the Revolution

Thomas Paine: Firebrand of the Revolution
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In this book, readers will learn about the life of Thomas Paine, including not just his familiar successes like the publication of "Common Sense," but also his several failures and disappointments. Paine's life is a lesson in perseverance and trying new things, in following one's desires. Readers will also learn about how Paine came to write, not only "Common Sense," but also the "Rights of Man," in which he defended the French Revolution. They will also learn of his opposition to slavery and his support of the rights of women. This was a man who truly believed in the freedom and liberty of all people, and did much to convince others to believe in them as well.

Ages 12 and up

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