Thomas Paine: The Crisis, No. 1


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After the phenomenal success of Common Sense in aligning popular American opinion with the cause of the Revolution, Thomas Paine became the unofficial propagandist of the new nation. He spent the campaigning season of 1776 with George Washington’s army in New York and New Jersey, writing articles meant to prop up public support for the rebellion despite the series of unmitigated military disasters Washington suffered that year. At what seemed the lowest point of American military fortunes,...