Wood argues that, because of the fact that he scared historians of the day, Paine has been ripped off on the modern attention he deserves. I argue that Paine is remembered as he deserves: as a common man. Every student can relate Paine to his most influential work- common sense. This work has been deemed almost as a simplistic text overtime and for good reason- it was. Paine's writing is described as "language as plain as the alphabet". This writing style, coupled with his drunken attitude and plain attire, allowed Paine to relate to the common man. While he is not remembered as a founding father, Paine's legacy of influence on the common American lives on. For this reason, I believe that Paine is receiving the recognition that a man of his simple but persuasive attitude deserves.
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