By: Maggie Davis and Rachel Robertson
No Paine, No Gain.
The life of a political philosopher:
Thomas Paine was born January 29, 1737 in Thetford, England. After obtaining a basic education, Paine went to work. Paine never became successful through his occupation, but in 1774 he met Benjamin Franklin in London, who advised him to move to America, supplying him with letters of recommendation. When Paine came to America he started over as a publicist, and that's where it all began.
Thomas Paine's writings inspired passion, but also led to much criticism. Paine communicated profound ideas, which aided colonists and revolutionaries alike, and was one of the first to be in favor of world peace.
Thomas Paine believed that a republican form of government was better than a monarchy, so in 1776, he published the pamphlet "Common Sense" to persuade the citizens of the colonies to break away from British rule. Over 100,00 copies were sold, and it helped convince people to fight for independence from Britain. He later wrote "The American Crisis" to raise the moral of Washington's army.