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
The great political philosopher Thomas Paine, whose writings influenced the American Revolution, the French Revolution, and freethought movements ever since; but, unfortunately, he couldn't free American's from their dogmatic following of the bible or the disgraceful institution of slavery in his lifetime
Thomas Paine - Yes how can ANY religious family condone these disgusting practices that take place in the Old Testament and then say that their god approves of these practices, and still loves us. Thomas Paine also said - A cruel god makes a cruel man!!!
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.