Although “founding father” may not be an appropriate title for Paine, our memory of him should not be allowed to fade into history. He contributed just as much to the creation of our country but in a different way from the other revolutionary leaders. He did not come up with his own original ideas but simply regurgitated and publicized those of previous intelligent minds in a way that the public could easily understand. Paine’s rejection of tyranny and injustice through writing (that, if published, would match the monumental multivolume editions of the revolutionary leaders) has earned him his place among history’s greats. He not only contributed to the creation of a new country with a new system of government, but he also wrote with an eloquence that brought him instant fame in the public eye. To me, it seems Thomas Paine was not as much a “founding father” as he was an “articulating author” of the United States; equally significant, but having different characteristics.
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