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Rights Of Man

Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

1. Editor's Introduction
2. Dedication
3. Paine's Preface To The English Edition
4. Paine's Preface To The French Edition
5. Part The First, Being An Answer To Mr. Burke's Attack on the French Revolution, Part 1 of 13
6. Part The First, Being An Answer To Mr. Burke's Attack on the French Revolution, Part 2 of 13
7. Part The First, Being An Answer To Mr. Burke's Attack on the French Revolution, Part 3 of 13
8. Part The First, Being An Answer To Mr. Burke's Attack on the French Revolution, Part 4 of 13
9. Part The First, Being An Answer To Mr. Burke's Attack on the French Revolution, Part 5 of 13
10. Part The First, Being An Answer To Mr. Burke's Attack on the French Revolution, Part 6 of 13
11. Part The First, Being An Answer To Mr. Burke's Attack on the French Revolution, Part 7 of 13
12. Part The First, Being An Answer To Mr. Burke's Attack on the French Revolution, Part 8 of 13
13. Part The First, Being An Answer To Mr. Burke's Attack on the French Revolution, Part 9 of 13
14. Part The First, Part The First, Being An Answer To Mr. Burke's Attack on the French Revolution, Part 10 of 13
15. Part The First, Being An Answer To Mr. Burke's Attack on the French Revolution, Part 11 of 13
16. Part The First, Being An Answer To Mr. Burke's Attack on the French Revolution, Part 12 of 13
17. Part The First, Being An Answer To Mr. Burke's Attack on the French Revolution, Part 13 of 13
18. Declaration Of The Rights Of Man And Of Citizens
19. Observations On The Declaration Of Rights
20. Miscellaneous Chapter, Part 1 of 3
21. Miscellaneous Chapter, Part 2 of 3
22. Miscellaneous Chapter, Part 3 of 3
23. Conclusion (of Part The First)
24. Part Second, Introduction
25. Part Second, Chapter 1, Of Society And Civilization
26. Part Second, Chapter 2, Of The Origin Of The Present Old Governments
27. Part Second, Chapter 3, Of The Old And New Systems Of Government
28. Part Second, Chapter 4, On Constitutions, Part 1 of 2
29. Part Second, Chapter 4, Part 2 of 2
30. Part Second, Chapter 5, Ways And Means Of Improving The Condition Of Europe, Part 1 of 7
31. Part Second, Chapter 5, Ways And Means Of Improving The Condition Of Europe, Part 2 of 7
32. Part Second, Chapter 5, Ways And Means Of Improving The Condition Of Europe, Part 3 of 7
33. Part Second, Chapter 5, Ways And Means Of Improving The Condition Of Europe, Part 4 of 7
34. Part Second, Chapter 5, Ways And Means Of Improving The Condition Of Europe, Part 5 of 7
35. Part Second, Chapter 5, Ways And Means Of Improving The Condition Of Europe, Part 6 of 7
36. Part Second, Chapter 5, Ways And Means Of Improving The Condition Of Europe, Part 7 of 7

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    A book in 2 Parts, published in 1791 and 1792. Part First denounces Edmund Burke’s defense of monarchy and his attacks against the French Revolution, and in plain layman’s language traces the birth and fallacy of monarchy, and the source of man's inalienable rights. Part Second examines the roots and benefits of constitutional government. Written with Paine's dry wit and hard hitting logic, in layman's language, the book was widely circulated in Europe and America. Considered the earliest complete statement of republican principles, Paine opposes the idea of hereditary kings and speaks against the belief in dictatorial government as necessary to a well-managed society. Paine's visionary call for republicanism and social welfare was generations ahead of its time, and landed him in prison and narrowly escaping the guillotine! NOTE: Long chapters of this document have been divided into Parts to comply with audio file size requirements. While not designated thus by Paine, every effort has been made to create logical divisions.( ~