March 1, 2013
Remembering the Paine
Its time to see the reasons why we know Thomas Paine to part of our revolution, but not that well known amoungst the average student. The rise and fall of this man can be an example to all of us if you read and learn from his endeavors. There was a lot of tension building up during the 1760's and 1770's between Great Britain and America and something had to be done about it. Is it worth the risk declaring independence from the most powerful and feared country in the world. Our forefathers were in a confusing situation and had to come up with something to do to solve the problem. In our history classes we always hear about all these founding fathers for what they did founding this country. Of course we all know improvement for todays learning can be increased and with this paper I hope to shed some light on why. After my research and findings there is more to the life of Thomas Paine that isn’t in our current textbooks. Over the last 20 years there has been a resurgence of interest in both Thomas Paine and his life. This new social interest from American citizens is more in tune with his works, and his underdog status is welcome by many. You will see a very interesting story of the rise and fall of a very smart, influential man in a critical time during our American history. He will always be remembered as a radical speaker and writer that have a lot of scholars today praising him for what he said and wrote. Even some of our best presidents have used is writings in speeches such as Ronald Reagan. Lately Paine has been said to be “Americas’ first modern intellectual”, and is the subject of many novels in the last 4 years that have been published. The most commonly known knowledge of Thomas Paine is his birth in 1737 in Thetford, England, the great influence on the American Revolution, and the writing of the Common Sense pamphlet in 1776. I think the story of Thomas Paine will take...