Monday, July 2, 2012

Radical American

Stories have been created since the beginning of time to teach and entertain audiences. They have also been used to rally people for a cause. Since American's celebrate our country's independence day this week, I thought I'd focus my blog post on a writer that used his pen to support Independence in America: Thomas Paine.

Thomas Paine, one of the most radical of the founding fathers, wrote Common Sense, the best selling book in 1776. He believed so much in political, social, and economic equality about which he wrote that he never owned a slave and used his earning from the book to support the American Revolution and George Washington's army. When it seemed that the end was near and loss would be eminent, he wrote The American Crisis, in which those famous words, "These are the times that try men's souls." were penned.

So today, I'd like to salute Thomas Paine, who I believe would have liked to see how far our country has come, but who would still see many improvements we could make.

Happy Independence Day to the good old U. S. of A!


Susan Francino said...

Happy 4th! I appreciate your patriotism! Thomas Paine went a little nuts at some point, but Common Sense really did help to stir up the American Revolution. It's people like this who show you the power of words. :)

Sabrina A. Fish said...

Yeah, I definitely don't agree with some of his later stuff, but for the American Revolution he was amazing. So sad that his life basically ended in disgrace, though.

Jeremy Bates said...

Yes, Paine was an awesome writer and a great thinker. It makes me wonder how well we would write these days if we didn't have all the modern conveniences eating up our precious time.

Cheers and Happy advanced 4th of July!

Sabrina A. Fish said...

There are many distractions to contend with these days. Thanks for visiting, Jeremy. Happy 4th!

Morgan said...

Love this, Sabrina! Hope you have a fabulous Holiday! :D