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Thomas Paine For many years Thomas Paine was the epitome of American histories greatest drawback In American history there is always that one detail that doesnt make it into popular curriculum Whether it be the point of view from the loosing side of a war to the secret dalliances of a popular politician to the truth of a times social opinion- the American student is taught only so much The most proper popular material makes it in along with any major facts too commonly known to ignore Anything else is liable to fall to the wayside without enough support from historians or academia There is always room for the improvement of materials taught so said it would seem there is much more to know about Thomas Paine then is currently taught Within the last twenty years there has been a resurgence of interest in both Thomas Paine and his work The new social consciousness is more in tune with his writings and his underdog status appeals to many His blunt style of speech has earned him admiration in many corners in fact one of President Ronald Regans more clever speech writers took to adding exerpts from Paines writings into the Presidents major addresses Paine has lately been heralded as Americas first modern intellectual and is the subject of numerous books which have come out within the last four years Common knowledge of Paine includes his birth in 1737 in Thetford England his writing of the Common Sense pamphlet in 1776 and his involvement in the American Revolution Less common knowledge is his other writings The Crisis Rights of War and The Age of Reason along with his role in the French Revolution Even further down the path into the obscure is his brief French citizenship his time in a French prison and the short period of fourteen months which elapsed between his arrival in the Americas and the publication of Common Sense Paine is nothing
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