Thomas Paine could be considered to be one of the most influential people of his time period when it comes to politics and new ways of thinking, but he should not be considered a founding father. He shared many of the same ideas as Adams, Jefferson and Franklin when it comes to human nature and society. But Wood makes a good argument saying that he was much more of an intellectual, or a writer than a founder. As proven by the enormous success of Common Sense, he had a gift of articulating his beliefs to the people in an understandable way, something the founders did not do. He guided and agreed with the founders on issues such as trade where he thought that "trade between peoples alone would be enough to tie states together." This shows a great deal of disagreements with monarchial societies because of the fact that they made alliances that would only cause further wars. These and his other beliefs written about in his other works were not too uncommon for the time period. Overall actually, many ideas about human nature, and government style were more widespread through the founders. Ultimately, the reason his legacy lives on is because of his talent and passion for writing, as opposed to a world leader or an innovator. He wasn't a founder, but a source of information as well as inspiration when forming the United States. His works live well past him and truthfully become his legacy, and it would be foolish to think that they were at all insignificant. Just because he wasn't as directly influential on the break from England and the forming of the Union, doesn't mean he didn't have an outspoken effect on it. His role was different, so his legacy looks different in physical form, but it continues to influence today's society in many ways.
Login below to reply: