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By Adam Augustyn

Fiercely nationalistic, the 1st sought after American writers exhibited a profound delight within the territory that may grow to be often called the U.S.. Predating even the assertion of Independence, a lot early American writing entailed observation at the newly constructing American society. This quantity examines the literature of the rustic in its nascence and writers reminiscent of Poe, Hawthorne, and Emerson, who helped domesticate a uniquely American voice.

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Although frequently interpreted as an attack on majority rule, the essay is in reality a defense of both social, economic, and cultural pluralism and of a composite majority formed by compromise and conciliation. Decision by such a majority, rather than by a monistic one, would be more likely to accord with the proper ends of government. This distinction between a proper and an improper majority typifies the fundamental philosophy of the Federalist papers; republican institutions, including the principle of majority rule, were not considered good in themselves but were good because they constituted the best means for the pursuit of justice and the preservation of liberty.

One of the most influential thinkers of the 18th century, Thomas Paine was a British American writer and political pamphleteer whose Common Sense and Crisis papers were important influences on the American Revolution. A portrait of writer and pamphleteer Thomas Paine, c. 1792. A brilliant propagandist, Paine wrote works that influenced the masses and helped foment the American Revolution. Hulton Archive/Getty Images 38 7 The 18th Century 7 Other works that contributed to his reputation as one of the greatest political propagandists in history were Rights of Man, a defense of the French Revolution and of republican principles; and The Age of Reason, an exposition of the place of religion in society.

He spent the years 1715 to 1726 (except for a trip home in 1720–21) in England, part of the time as colonial agent. He was the spokesman of the large planters against Gov. Alexander Spotswood. He then returned to the colony for the last time, to lead the busy life of a planter and a member of the ruling clique. He built a large house at Westover, experimented with crops, founded the city of Richmond, collected the largest private library in the colonies (around 4,000 volumes), and acquired some 179,000 acres.

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