Thomas Paine was described as a “refugee” of America and never truly was granted the title of a “Founding Father.” An extremely liberal thinker of the eighteenth century, Paine wrote “Common Sense,” outlining the ridiculous control of America by what he called a tiny island. After selling 150,000 copies, Paine was still not labeled as a gentlemen or part of high-class America. Wood’s analysis of his life seems pretty pathetic, from his lack of “connections” to his “cold” love-life. The overwhelmingly negative view of Thomas Paine and his legacy is false. He has a great reputation for writing his Common Sense and sharing philosophical views with Jefferson, but the extent of glory was stumped by his economic status.
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