Thomas Paine

Celebrate Freethinking this Thomas Paine Day

On June 8, 2021, the American Humanist Association and secular organizations throughout the country will come together for Thomas Paine Day, hosted by the Freethought Society. Each year this day celebrates the life and work of Thomas Paine and serves as an opportunity to promote the principles of reason, freethinking, and transnational human rights to which Paine dedicated his life.
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Thomas Paine, Debt Realist and Political Economist Extraordinaire

In 1776, an age when social media entailed spending a few hours in the evening in the local tavern listening to printed materials read aloud by those fortunate enough to be able to read, Thomas Paine was a blue checkmark account, a million follower maven who coalesced public sentiment for independence from Great Britain and then bucked up the troops for their crucial counterattack at Trenton. He was much more than a mere firebrand, though, expressing key notions of political economy before other American statesmen did.
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Construction to Begin on Thomas Paine Place Historic Reconstruction Project

Philadelphia – Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams announced today that construction activities will commence on Monday, March 15 for the Thomas Paine Place Historic Reconstruction Project. Thomas Paine Place will be closed to through-traffic at the start of construction and closure will extend until its completion. Construction will be sequenced to maintain local access to the residents and the parking lot driveway(s) along Thomas Paine Place throughout the length of the project. Parking restrictions will be required to allow contractor access to the project and staging of the materials and equipment.
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The Great British Art Tour: Thomas Paine and his upside-down Rights of Man

Thomas Paine was born in Thetford, Norfolk, on 29 January 1737. A complex and controversial character, he was a writer and political activist who was influential in both the American war of independence and the French Revolution. An inscription on the plinth describes him as an “Englishman by birth; French...
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Life of Thomas Paine to be examined in Encounter Center Facebook program

SIOUX CITY -- Author Scott Culpepper will be presenting "Thomas Paine: Voice of Revolution" during a Betty Strong Encounter Center Facebook program, beginning at 2 p.m. Jan. 31. It will be streamed at and Paine's prose captured the spirit of the American Revolution. Culpepper will examine the life,...

The Lost Founding Father: Thomas Paine and the American Revolution

Thomas Paine wrote his The American Crisis essays following General George Washington’s demoralizing defeat during the New York campaign, as his forces embarked on their slow retreat across New Jersey during January 1776. Paine wrote:. These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot...

Writer Thomas Paine is arrested in France

Thomas Paine is arrested in France for treason. Though the charges against him were never detailed, he had been tried in absentia on December 26 and convicted. Before moving to France, Paine was an instrumental figure in the American Revolution as the author of Common Sense, writings used by George Washington to inspire the American troops. Paine moved to Paris to become involved with the French Revolution, but the chaotic political climate turned against him, and he was arrested and jailed for crimes against the country.
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Thomas Paine, Passionate Pamphleteer for Liberty

As nobody before, Thomas Paine stirred ordinary people to defend their liberty. He wrote the three top-selling literary works of the eighteenth century, which inspired the American Revolution, issued a historic battle cry for individual rights, and challenged the corrupt power of government churches. His radical vision and dramatic, plainspoken style connected with artisans, servants, soldiers, merchants, farmers, and laborers alike. Paine’s work breathes fire to this day.