Historian Harvey J. Kaye talks to Shannon Fisher about his book Thomas Paine and the Promise of America. The Ben & Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Kaye describes this book about Paine, known as the Father of the American Revolution, as his "love letter to America."
From Publisher's Weekly: Kaye offers a masterful and eloquent study of the man he reestablishes as the key figure in the American Revolution and the radical politics that followed it...Paine advocated self-government and democracy in the colonies, accused the British of corruption and tyranny, and urged "Americans" to rebel. He championed representative democracy and argued that government should act for the public good. Paine's contributions were not limited to his own time; Kaye traces Paine's influence on American rebels and reformers.
Our Lives with Shannon Fisher offers personal and societal perspectives on the American experience. The show delves de