In this article Wood describes Thomas Paine's role as founder and his legacy. Throughout the article Wood uses evidence to support his argument that Paine is overlooked in American history and "truly a citizen of the world" (215). Wood uses the first part of the article to defend why Paine should be considered a founding father of America, and how he is overlooked in American history. Throughout the rest of the article Wood continues to talk about how Thomas Paine was misunderstood and not treated right. While I do believe Paine is overlooked in American politics, I don't believe Paine believed he was an American, and therefore how can he be considered a founding father of the nation. Woods writes, "The United States was not home [for], but just a symbol for him, and from the time he returned to America in 1802 until his death in 1807, he was not happy." (218)Paine should be looked at and studied like other great philosophers and political ideologists of the time. He should be studied as someone who's writing "set forth in lucid prose much of what constituted radical, enlightened Anglo-American thinking during the last quarter of the 18th century." (210) Thomas Paine needs to be reconsidered in American history as a much more important character, as Woods states.
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