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I read I study I examine I listen I reflect and out of all this I try to form an idea into which I put as much common sense as I can 1 - December 16 1777 Marquis de Lafayette age 20 On August 27th 1789 the Marquis de Lafayette put forth his bill of rights2 The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen based on the American Declaration of Independence at the National Assembly of France It would produce the notion that the beginning of the 19th century also brought with it the Age of reason3 The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen spelt out such natural and indefeasible rights as liberty property security and the right to resist oppression The Declaration also recognized equality notably before the law and justice Finally it asserted the principle of the separation of powers Though in practice the bill would fall short of success it managed to create a strong sense of nationalism throughout France as can be seen in the document entitled Instruction to the Temporary Commission at Lyons5 The fanaticism previously connected with the Church was shifted with great encouragement or more accurately force to the protection of the State Thomas Paine an English radical thinker defined his support of the ideals of the French Revolution in his book The Rights of Man The Rights of Man echoed such sentiments as the irrationality of hereditary succession6 the principle that in government especially absolute power corrupts absolutely7 and also the endorsement of Liberty In spite of his support between the publication of Part One and Two of The Rights of Man Paine would become disillusioned by the direction of the Revolution However he attributed this failure to the people the nationnot the idea itself8 Mary Wollstonecraft daughter of an English handkerchief weaver9 and associate of Thomas Paine would repeat such statements in her
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