Thomas Paine

A look at Thomas Paine Elementary

URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — Construction crews discovered some treasures while working at an Urbana school. In a Facebook post, Urbana School District officials said lunch cards, bathroom passes and a photograph were found in Thomas Paine Elementary. They were found behind a mirror. The lunch cards were from 1964. Now, the district is looking to […]
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Celebrating Thomas Paine

In a crowded field of notables, Thomas Paine almost certainly ranks as New Rochelle’s most famous and consequential resident, a true giant of American and world history. Paine’s legacy remains a vital part of New Rochelle today, represented physically in The Thomas Paine Cottage Museum, the Thomas Paine Monument, and the Thomas Paine Memorial Building — now together reopening as the Thomas Paine New Rochelle Center. This week, from June 16 through 18, come celebrate Paine’s life and accomplishments. Festivities include a ribbon-cutting and wreath-laying ceremony at 11:00am Saturday, followed by a Colonial Fair. There’s more here.

Learn About Thomas Paine at Unitarian Sunday Service, January 30

You may know Thomas Paine as the author of “Common Sense.” The 47-page pamphlet took colonial America by storm in 1776 and played a remarkable role in transforming a colonial squabble into the American Revolution. You can learn more when Bruce Anderson presents “The Unitarian Thomas Paine” at...

Why Leftists Should Embrace Our Proud History, from Thomas Paine to the New Deal ❧ Current Affairs

(UW-Green Bay Emeritus Prof.) Historian Harvey J. Kaye has long argued that leftists are too negative about American history, and that our focus on its horrors and miseries risks downplaying the other side of the story: the great radicals in every generation who have fought, and often died, to make the country better, and whose legacy (and unfulfilled mission) we inherit. History is a rich source of inspiration and we have a great deal to gain by studying and learning from the inspiring figures who challenged the unjust social systems of their time, under even more trying conditions than we face today. Kaye recently joined us on the Current Affairs podcast to discuss his work. Kaye is a (retired) professor of Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He is the author of a number of books, including Thomas Paine and the Promise of America, The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great, Why Do Ruling Classes Fear History? and most recently the book Take Hold of Our History: Make America Radical Again. The new book features a blurb from legendary TV producer Norman Lear, creator of All in the Family, who says “no one has ever loved a nation more or spanked it harder for straying from its premise than Harvey Kaye.”The following transcript has been lightly edited for grammar and clarity.

Recognition Overdue for Thomas Paine, the Forgotten Founder

It is has been posited that, without Tom Paine's pen, George Washington's sword would not have been able to win the Revolutionary War. It’s quite an oversight. In all the years since 1776, we have not seen fit to erect a memorial in Washington D.C. to Thomas Paine, the man who changed the way Americans view themselves.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

WU professor writes about the 'church' of humanist Thomas Paine

Whatever your tip-of-the-tongue answer might be, it likely will be modified by this thought-provoking look at the secular humanist movement of the 19th century and its descendants today. As the title indicates, most followers of secular humanism took as their spiritual leader Thomas Paine, the author best known for “Common...


October 18, 2021 (Washington, D.C.) - The House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) has awarded Congresswoman Sara Jacobs (D-CA-53) the prestigious Thomas Paine Award for being among the most effective speakers and communicators in the Democratic House Caucus. Congresswoman Jacobs was one of just five members, out of 220 House Democrats, to receive the award.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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.