Thomas Paine’s Lessons in Republicanism, 1802–1807

  • Marc Belissa


Although recent research has dedicated attention to the “légende grise” of the last years of Thomas Paine’s American life,1 Paine’s quantitatively and qualitatively important political writings between the years 1802 through 1807 have been largely neglected by historiography.


Representative Government Founding Principle Constitutional Reform American Revolution Republican Regime 
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    Editions used here are: The Writings of Thomas Paine (WTP), ed. Moncure Daniel Conway (New York and London: G.P. Putnam, 1893–1896); The Complete Writings of Thomas Paine (CWTP), ed. Philip S. Foner (New York: Citadel Press, 1969); Collected Writings (CW), ed. Eric Foner (New York: Library of America, 1976).Google Scholar
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