The Early Life Of Thomas Paine And The American Revolution

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Early Life in England At first glance the town of Thetford, located 60 miles northeast of London, might not look like much, but it is actually the birthplace of one of the most influential people in the American Revolution: Thomas Paine. On January 29, 1737 a baby boy was born to Joseph and Frances Paine. At the time no one knew what the boy would grow up to be, and no one would know for another 36 years! But the first 36 years of his life were marked by failure and tragedy, until he moved to the land of hopes and dreams: America. In his childhood, Thomas Paine had very little education, and his future looked very bleak. He attended 6 years of elementary school from ages 7 to 12, where he received the very little schooling he would ever get. …show more content…
Luckily, Benjamin Franklin’s physician was waiting for him and had Thomas Paine carried off the ship. Thomas Paine became a citizen of Pennsylvania soon after by taking an oath of allegiance, but he couldn 't enjoy it much because it took him six whole weeks to recover after the journey! After recovering his health he became the editor of the Pennsylvania Magazine in January 1775, one of his first jobs he was good at and enjoyed. Over the next year he started writing and publishing pamphlets while continuing his job, until finally he started working on his most famous work of all: Common Sense After hearing about the first battles of the revolutionary war he started writing a 48-page long pamphlet discussing why America shouldn’t just rebel against taxation but should seize it’s independence from the clutches of England. This pamphlet would soon be read by thousands and would sway the undecided public to fight for America. Common Sense got into circulation in January 1776, where it was passed from person to person. It increased enthusiasm for the American cause, recruitment for the continental army, and spreading the idea of a free and happy United States of …show more content…
It accused institutionalized religions for corruption and political ambition, and promoted Deism, a religion based on finding a god in reason and thinking. Once again, the British government banned the book and prosecuted distributors of the book. Finally, in late 1974 he was released largely in part of James Monroe’s work as American Minister to France. After writing his second and third parts of The Age of Reason in France, he returned to The United States on behalf of an invitation from Thomas Jefferson. The End of His Life Thomas Paine returned to America in 1802 or 1803 and found that all his work during the American Revolution had been forgotten and people did not like him whatsoever. The religious had more than enough reason to not like him since his publishing of The Age of Reason just a few years prior and the Federalists still disliked him for his ideas of government in Common Sense. People just saw him as someone who lived to make trouble. Then, on June 8, 1809, at the age of 72 in New York City, Thomas Paine

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