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Thomas Paine: Letter Addressed to the Abbe Raynal

Language:
English
Genres:
Historical

Thomas Paine was an influential 18th-century writer of essays and pamphlets whose "Common Sense" and other writings influenced the American Revolution, and helped pave the way for the Declaration of Independence.

First published in 1782, “Letter addressed to the Abbe Raynal” is a response to Raynal's The Revolution of America by Thomas Paine. Written a year after Raynal's account of the American Revolution appeared in English, Paine's 'corrections' run to nearly eighty pages. His main critique of Raynal is that his argument stresses political theory rather than actions in the real world, an approach that lacks practicality. Paine argues against Raynal's assertion that the American War of Independence erupted over a tax dispute, and downplays France's involvement in the movement for independence.

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