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I prefer peace. But if trouble must come, let it come in my time, so that my children can live in peace.- Thomas Paine




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Published in 1776, "Common Sense" challenged the authority of the British government and the royal . The plain language that Paine used spoke to the common people of America and was the first work to openly ask for independence from Great Britain.
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This simple quotation from Founding Father Thomas Paine's The Crisis not only describes the beginnings of the American Revolution, but also the life of Paine himself. Throughout most of his life, his writings inspired passion, but also brought him great criticism. He communicated the ideas of the Revolution to common farmers as easily as to intellectuals, creating prose that stirred the hearts of the fledgling United States. He had a grand vision for society: he was staunchly anti-slavery, and he was one of the first to advocate a world peace organization and social security for the poor and elderly. But his radical views on religion would destroy his success, and by the end of his life, only a handful of people attended his funeral.





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