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Thomas Paine and the Flame of Revolution


This Olio covers the life and writing of Thomas Paine during the end of the eighteenth century. Starting with Common Sense and The Crisis Papers the talk focuses on the integral role of Paine, in not only the American Revolution, but the creation of an “American” political ideology.

The first part is a biographical sketch of Thomas Paine and description of the social and political climate in eighteenth century England. An explanation of conflicts leading up to the writing of Common Sense and The Declaration of Independence, establishes a historical context for the American Revolution and the subsequent events in the young nation. Thomas Paine’s involvement in the revolution and his work for the Continental Congress place him in the center of activity.

The French Revolution signaled a new chapter in Paine’s life. Once again with The Rights of Man and The Age of Reason he was able to put into words the momentous spirit of the times. This Olio explains the characterization of Paine as a preeminent philosopher and the genesis of radical politics as a force in world events.




Location: The Old Stone House

336 3rd Street Brooklyn, NY 11215

This historic site is Park Slope's unofficial town square -- a cultural center and learning environment with native gardens and recreational spaces.


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