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!