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The Revolutionary War created the pathway to what we are now We became independent and it gave us freedom from Britains King The war led us to the new life we wanted without control of outside countries But without the encouragement of writers to help us in our time of need things still would not have been that easy Some of the great writers that influenced others to make history happen would be Thomas Paine Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry These men wrote articles that encouraged others to stand up for what they believed in and they wrote remarkable speeches that helped us become who we are They had the courage to write their thoughts into writing that inspired many to fight for what they believed in Without the help of literature within the period of our time maybe things wouldve gone differently The winter of 1776 was a dreadful time for George Washington and his troops They had little food inadequate shelter and many were deserting Berstein 161 Into this horrible situation came Thomas Paine In England he had moved without success through several occupations He then began to write essays supporting Americas fight for independence shortly after his arrival in 1774 In December of 1776 he started to write a series of articles entitled The Crisis His words inspired many soldiers to enlist in the army and encouraged them to continue fighting After the publication of his articles the first anti-slavery movement The American Antislavery Society was found Katz 1 His beliefs of universal order in human perfectibility and in the power of reason guided him throughout his life to express himself and persuade others to fight for what they believed in Yet Paine a fuzzy historical figure of the 1700s is remembered mostly for one or two sparkling patriotic quotes - These are the times that try mens souls - and little else Katz 1 The Crisis gave enough courage to
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