The general concepts of Common Sense flowed from the crow quill nib of Thomas Paine in 1776. Not until the publication of Paines’, Common Sense in January, 1776 did the political leadership of the day seriously begin entertaining the notion of independence. Washington, Franklin and Jefferson, who were initially satisfied pursuing an airing of grievances with Britain, changed their mind to full separation and independence after reading Common Sense. A view shared by a majority of the 2.7-Million Colonists. And think about this: Common Sense sold 300,000 pamphlets in the first 3-months! And these figures are in the 1770s!
The success of Common Sense eventually gave way to the Revolutionary War of 1776 and, again, the pen of Thomas Paine.
General George Washington and his Continental Army were camped at Valley Forge for six long months from
late 1777 to June, 1778. Even though no battle was fought here, Washingtons’ forces faced the harsh winter
elements and low morale. Upon hearing this Paine wrote an article which so impressed General Washington
that he ordered it read to the troops at Valley Forge. Over the next 6-years, Paine would write another dozen articles titled, The American Crisis.
244-years later the United States of America is in peril again, but this time, from Washington itself! And not
surprisingly, the works of Thomas Paine have never been more inspiring and vital.