In 1737, Thomas Paine was born in Thetford. In 1793, he was imprisoned in France for not supporting the execution of Louis XVI. While he was in prision, he wrote and showed the first part of his most famous work at the time, the anti-church text piece. He was let go from prison in 1794 with the help of James Monroe, the U.S. Minister to France and England.
One of the most influential reformers of 1776 often overlooked in our history books is Thomas Paine. Paine’s pamphlet, “Common Sense,” ignited public opinion against the autocratic rule of the King of England and planted the seeds of change. His writing inspired Thomas Jefferson when he was writing the Declaration of Independence, and that John Adams once said, “Without the pen of the author of ‘Common Sense,’ the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain.”
On 8th March, 1775 an anonymous writer, thought to be the Norfolk born author Thomas Paine, published 'African Slavery in America' the first article in the American colonies calling for the equality of slaves and the abolition of slavery
Charles Fitzstuart gives Antonia a copy of Common Sense written by Thomas Paine. First published anonymously on January 10, 1776, before the American Revolution, it was an immediate success. Common Sense presented the American colonists with an argument for freedom from British rule at a time when the question of independence was still undecided. Most Englishman thought it a traitorous diatribe against King and Country. #AUTUMNDUCHESS #LucindaBrant #RoxtonFamilySaga #Roxton #Georgian…
New polemicist, focused cause with "Common Sense." Thomas Paine wrote the 1776 pamphlet Common Sense that galvanized revolutionary sentiment and led to the Independence Movement and the writing of the Declaration of Independence. Paine had met Franklin in England, who invited him to come to America, the land of opportunity.