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Advancing the Rights of Humanity

Rights of Man

Rights of Man

Rights of Man

Short Description

In this publication, Paine posits that popular political revolution is permissible when a government does not safeguard its people, their natural rights, and their national interests. The work supports the French Revolution and belittles the work of an anti-democracy author in the process. Paine was indicted for treason a little over a year after Rights of Man first appeared.

Remnant Trust Description

A man whose writings shook the world and whose preachments on democracy have endured for two centuries. Written as a response to Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France, Paine opened the work with a note to General Washington, “I present you a small treatise in defense of those principles of freedom which your exemplary virtue hath so eminently contributed to establish.” Paine was indicted for treason a little over a year after Rights of Man first appeared. Paine used his renowned wit and biting insight to decry Burke. Evidenced here in an opening paragraph, “Among the incivilities by which nations or individuals provoke and irritate each other, Mr. Burke’s pamphlet on the French Revolution is an extraordinary instance.”