Thomas Paine (1736/7-1809) was an influential British-American thinker, revolutionary, author, and intellectual. Born in England, Paine emigrated to the American colonies in 1774, where he became an ardent supporter of American Independence. Considered one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Paine's COMMON SENSE proved to be an instant bestseller during the revolution through its explanation of the absurdities of British rule. In the 1790s, Paine moved to France, where he became a supporter of the French Revolution and a member of the National Convention. After narrowly escaping execution during the Reign of Terror, Paine continued to support the revolution and remained in France until the rise of Napoleon.
The American Crisis by Thomas Paineby Thomas Paine
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Written during the American Revolution, THE AMERICAN CRISIS laid out, in plain language, the causes and goals the patriots were fighting for. The writings also served to bolster American morale, clarify the issues at stake in the revolution, and argue against a negotiated peace to the end of the war on British terms. THE AMERICAN CRISIS begins with the famous words "[t]hese are the times that try men's souls."
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