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Power, Politics and Protest
The growth of political rights in Britain in the 19th century
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Extract from the second part of ‘The Rights of Man’ by Thomas Paine, 1792
(Catalogue ref: TS 24/3/10, pp.18-19)
TS 24/3/10; extract from ‘The Rights of Man’ by Thomas Paine, 1792

As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • What two systems of government is Thomas Paine writing about?
  • Why does Paine disagree with hereditary government?
  • Do you think the British government would like Paine’s views?
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