Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Thomas Paine


I am Thomas Paine not to be confused with the popular rapper T-Pain. I was born on January 29th 1737 in Britain but I moved to the New World in 1774. Perfect timing to affect politics in the region. My pamphlet Common Sense was published on January 10th 1776. I used printing presses to produce 100,000 copies which is how many I sold that year. I produced the pamphlet anonymously. It was treason. I had to keep it on the DL (Down Low, as in undercover), I didn't want to get hanged or burnt, that would be bad. Many of my pieces were controversial. I wrote a book titled the Age or Reason. I am a Deist and I believe the church sways weak minded individuals and tries to control them. My book the Age of Reason discusses these ideas of mine and as you can imagine this made many people pretty angry. I also affected the French Revolution but they threw me in jail. I was jailed from 1793 to 1794 in Paris. I was actually a member of the French National Convention even though I did not speak French. I returned to America in 1802 when Thomas Jefferson invited me back.

5 comments:

SamStewart said...

Mr. Paine, when it comes to censorship, I feel your pain. I(Jean-Jacques Rousseau)have experienced the necessity of keeping on the "DL" as you have called it, and I admire your plight. Remember this; to renounce liberty is to renounce being a man, to surrender the rights of humanity and even its duties.

Sarah Hayes said...

I(Mary Wollstonecraft) had to keep my stuff on the DL too!The first editions of my works were also published anonymously because noboby would have read them if they'd know they were written by a woman.

Hanjae Lee said...

So Mr. Paine, why would French throw you in jail while you supported the Revolution. (You did support the Revolution did you not?) And do you support the free trade?

Rob Martin said...

Mr. Paine I'm curious to know why you decided to come to America? was it because you were upset with England? I'm curious.

The Captain said...

Mr. Martin, he obviously decided to come to America because it provided the best representation of everyone of its members. Duh. :)"Where liberty dwells, there is my country." Fo sho.