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Thomas Paine

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Definition: Patriot and American soldier whose main contribution was in writing. His pamphlets, including Common Sense and The Crisis, inflamed the American population and furthered the Revolutionary cause.

Related Resources:
Thomas Paine: Patriot with a Pen
He wasn't particularly good at anything except at writing, but this son of a garment maker wrote a handful of the most famous documents in the history of America. Find out more about this Englishman who so passionately believed in freedom for his adopted country.

Elsewhere on the Web:
Thomas Paine: encyclopedia entry
Straightforward telling of his life story and importance.

Writings of Thomas Paine
Read for yourself what famous and controversial things he wrote.

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