The Rise and Fall of a Revolutionary Relationship: George Washington and Thomas Paine, 1776-1796

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This study is a cultural and political analysis of the emergence and deterioration of the relationship between George Washington and Thomas Paine. It is informed by modern studies in Atlantic history and culture. It presents the falling out of the two Founding Fathers as a reflection of two competing political cultures, as well as a function of the class aspirations of Washington and Paine. It chronologically examines the two men's interaction with one another from the early days of the American Revolution to the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution. Along the way this study highlights the dynamics that ... continued below

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Hamilton, Matthew K. August 2009.

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This study is a cultural and political analysis of the emergence and deterioration of the relationship between George Washington and Thomas Paine. It is informed by modern studies in Atlantic history and culture. It presents the falling out of the two Founding Fathers as a reflection of two competing political cultures, as well as a function of the class aspirations of Washington and Paine. It chronologically examines the two men's interaction with one another from the early days of the American Revolution to the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution. Along the way this study highlights the dynamics that characterized the Washington-Paine relationship and shows how the two men worked together to further their own agendas. This study also points to Thomas Paine's involvement with a web of Democratic Societies in America and to Washington's increasing wariness and suspicion of these Societies as agents of insurrection.

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Hamilton, Matthew K. The Rise and Fall of a Revolutionary Relationship: George Washington and Thomas Paine, 1776-1796, thesis, August 2009; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc11037/: accessed December 11, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .