“The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark.”
As an English corset-maker’s son, Thomas Paine was expected to spend his life sewing women’s underwear. But as a teenager, Thomas dared to change his destiny, enduring years of struggle until a meeting with Benjamin Franklin brought Thomas to America in 1774…and into the American Revolution.
Within 14 months, Thomas would unleash the persuasive power of the written word as Common Sense - a brash wake-up call that rallied the American people to declare independence against the mightiest empire in the world.
It was shocking.
It was explosive.
“Common Sense,” wrote George Washington, “Is working a powerful change.”
This fascinating and extensively researched biography, full of primary sources, will immerse readers in Thomas Paine’s inspiring journey of courage, failure, and resilience that led a penniless immigrant to change the world with his words.
Sarah Jane Marsh takes a page out of Thomas Paine’s book with her straightforward, engaging text, accompanied by bold and vibrant illustrations by Edwin Fotheringham that evoke the passion and charisma of this revolutionary figure.