Thomas Paine's The Crisis Number One - Richard DeStefano After the colonists in America decided that they were going to attempt a move towards freedom from British rule, they found themselves faced with several problems. Many of these problems dealt directly with the threat of a British invasion to stamp out such a revolution. However, a major problem was an internal one. The feelings regarding independence were mixed throughout the colonies and divided among classes.
Thomas Paine, a largely self-educated Englishman who was a corset-maker by trade, has been recognized as a primary force in the American Revolution since its instigation in ; he was similarly influential in the French Revolution, sparked in Several commentators have credited Paine with turning the tide of American opinion from tepid colonial discontent to the revolutionary conviction necessary for independence.
Unlike other leading men of the revolution, such as John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and Thomas Jefferson, Paine enjoyed none of the advantages of wealth, such as social status and extensive formal education.
Paine, however, turned his disadvantages into advantages, positioning himself as the spokesman of the American populace—a population he moved profoundly with the publication of the pamphlet Common Sense: Addressed to the Inhabitants of America early ina work that was in itself revolutionary in its vernacular style and directness.
Because of his many writings and efforts on behalf of newly-emerging democratic governments, Paine has become emblematic of the modern struggle for human rights and social justice.
He was also considered to be ahead of his time in his critiques of slavery, unfair labor practices, gender inequality, and even cruelty to animals.
Biographical Information Paine was born in the small village of Thetford in England on January 29, At a time when only upper-class men received an extensive formal education, Paine had only six years of the typical English curriculum—English, Latin, Greek, mathematics—before he had to go to work with his father in the family business.
Inhe began supporting himself as a staymaker, living for two years first in London, then Dover, then Sandwich, where he married Mary Lambert in ; within a year, she passed away.
Paine began his career as a civil servant inwhen he became an excise officer—a customs official—in Lincolnshire, a post he held with only one brief interruption until He married again into Elizabeth Ollive of Lewes.
It was also during this year that he began to display evidence of his future calling, when he took up the cause of excise officers who felt they received an unfair wage.
Paine wrote a pamphlet, The Case of the Officers of Exciseto argue on their behalf and, inwent to London to lobby Parliament, unsuccessfully, for consideration. All he won for his effort, however, was a permanent dismissal from his post in That same year, he and his wife opted for a separation.
On the verge of bankruptcy, Paine went to London, where he became acquainted with Benjamin Franklin, who convinced him to try his luck in the British colonies in North America. Paine began his American career in Philadelphia, where he became a writer for a monthly periodical called the Pennsylvania Magazine.
Paine added the "e" to his surname after his arrival in America.
Paine had never stopped pursuing his education. He read everything he could find and attended lectures in every city in which he lived. He socialized with men more learned than himself, many of them scholars, and consulted with them informally as tutors.
Nonetheless, Paine left the journal, it is believed, in the fall of He was, all the same, already at work on his first significant work, a slim pamphlet called Common Sense.
Published in January ofit captured in succinct and persuasive prose otherwise unexpressed revolutionary sentiment. Although military conflict between Great Britain and the colonies had begun in the spring of the previous year, most Americans still sought some form of reconciliation with England.With regard to American literature of the colonial period, Thomas Paine is known as the preeminent pamphleteer, and both "Common Sense" and the series of "The American Crisis" essays are remarkable.
🔥Citing and more! Add citations directly into your paper, Check for unintentional plagiarism and check for writing mistakes. The lecture below was delivered to the plebe class at the United States Military Academy at West Point in October Rhetorical Analysis: The Crisis, No.
1 by Thomas Paine Political writer, Thomas Paine, in his persuasive writing, The Crisis No. 1, expresses feelings towards Britain's control over the colonies. Paine's purpose is to unite the colonists in an .
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Thomas Paine's The Crisis Number One - Richard DeStefano After the colonists in America decided that they were going to attempt a move towards freedom from British rule, they found themselves faced with several problems.