“The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.”

In 1776, Thomas Paine unleashed the persuasive power of the written word as Common Sense, rallying Americans to declare independence against the mightiest empire in the world.

This 80-page picture book biography follows the inspiring journey of courage, failure, and resilience that led a penniless immigrant to change the world with his words.


"A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT."

--Thomas Paine

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Thomas Paine

Oh no they didn't!

See what famous folks said at the time about Thomas Paine's shocking pamphlet Common Sense. Who was "charmed"? Who thought it was "so manly"? 

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Sarah and Dr. Jett Conner discuss their books on Paine.