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One of the most influential writers and reformers of his age, Thomas Paine successfully publicized the issues of his time in pamphlets that clearly and persuasively argued for political independence and social reform. Rights of Man, his greatest and most widely read work, is considered a classic statement of faith in democracy and egalitarianism.
The first part of this document, dedicated to George Washington, appeared in
1791. Defending the early events of the French revolution, it spoke on behalf of democracy, equality and a new European order. Part Two, which appeared the following years, is perhaps Paine’s finest example of political pamphleteering and an those in need of work, abolition of laws limiting wages, and other social reforms.