|Thomas Paine (1737-1809) author of Common Sense a pamphlet published
in 1776 that provided inspiration to colonists still undecided about America's break from Britain. Paine asserted a new nation,
independent from Britain, might eventually become "...an asylum
for mankind!" He served in the Continental Army and observed the
hardships of American troops fighting the world's most powerful army.
He then published The Crisis series pamphlets which began by
stating, "These are the times that try men's souls." He refused
to accept the profits from his writings and wound up destitute after