History knows many cases of people, who after making a great contribution to any business, were rejected by contemporaries because of a simple misunderstanding. Such a fate befell one of the great men, Thomas Paine, the most intelligent person, a fighter for truth and justice. Having been at the peak of glory for a short time, in the end of his life, despite all the progress achieved, he was subjected to exile morally and physically. Thomas Paine and with no doubt can be called a great founder of the United States.
Up to the age of 37, Thomas tried different jobs and lived in poverty, but luck turned to him, when in 1774 in London, he met Benjamin Franklin, who advised him to immigrate to Philadelphia. In the New World, Paine’s completely different life started.
In 1775, he became an editor of the Pennsylvania Magazine, in which he published an article on abolishing the slavery. This article largely influenced the creation of anti-slavery movement in Philadelphia, a member and founder of which was Paine. Although abolitionists existed before, it was the Paine’s article that made the movement widespread among the American people.
Paine’s famous work Common Sense severely criticizes the British constitution and the monarchy itself. Paine urged the people to resort to extreme measures – to start armed action against the colonialists. In the pamphlet, Paine combined all the key ideas that reflected the issue of early separation from England and its justification from various points of view including economic, political, moral, religious, etc.
The pamphlet with incredible speed spread across America. Each of the 500,000 copies published literally became the most popular book in many homes. This is not surprising, because a thorough description of all the shortcomings of the situation in America firmly convinced the people that real actions are necessary for the final establishment of an independent and democratic republic. Colonists, inspired by Paine’s pamphlet, were almost immediately overflowed with a way of patriotism: everybody wanted independence. George Washington was literally forcing to read Paine’s pamphlet about the establishment of the United States for the troops, which was very inspiring for the army. As a result, in 1776, on the Second Continental Congress on the 4thof July, 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence – the most important historical document of America.
Paine’s works made him incredibly well-known and, in fact, the second most popular person after Washington.
History knows many cases of people, who after making a great contribution to any business, were rejected by contemporaries because of a simple misunderstanding. Such a fate befell one of the great men, Thomas Paine, the most intelligent person, a fighter for truth and justice.