Men Of The Revolution: 7. Thomas Paine

Common Sense was a bestseller and turned the tide of public feeling toward independence, but for its author ingratitude followed fame.

The whole history of America affords examples of men who fitted precisely the needs of a particular moment, only to be cast aside, forgotten or traduced when the tide of events they created or manipulated waned and time passed them by. During and after the Revolution, it happened to James Otis and Samuel Adams, but for no one did ingratitude follow fame quite so cruelly as for Thomas Paine. Read more »