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  •  Paine was never forced into (11+ / 0-)

    exile. He moved to France inspired by the French
    Revolution. He wrote The Age of Reason, which is the 'diatribe' you refer to, shortly before his arrest by Robespierre on suspicion of supporting the French monarchy.

    Paine argued against executing the King, as he had contributed so much to the American Revolutionaries. Paine was spared from the guillotine by a prison guards error. He continued to live in hiding in France. He wrote the second half of The Age of Reason during this time. He met with Napoleon several times as the soon to be emperor was a fan of Paine's writing.

    Paine did not return to the States until several years later. He was an unpopular figure, due to his attack on organized religion, but also because of his attacks on President Washington while in France. He believed that the American President had conspired with Robespierre to execute him.

    Paine died in Greenwich Village in 1809. Only six mourners came to the funeral, including two Black Freedmen. Paine argued for the emancipation of slaves throughout his career, one of many of the many unpopular ideas Paine espoused.

    Here's my take on it - the revolution will not be blogged, it has to be slogged. - Deoliver47

    by OIL GUY on Sun Mar 16, 2014 at 03:50:57 PM PDT

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