In this lesson, students will study the life of Thomas Paine. Students will learn about his arguments in Common Sense, The Rights of Man and The Age of Reason, and his contributions to the Revolutionary cause.
Handout A: Thomas Paine (1737–1809)
Handout B: Vocabulary and Context Questions
Handout C: In His Own Words: Thomas Paine on Patriotism
Handout D: Analysis: Paine and Civic Values
Introductory Essay: Explaining the Founding
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Glossary of Eighteenth-Century Definitions