Thomas Paine's Common Sense helped Americans "decide upon the propriety of separation,” as George Washington said.
In the teeth of near defeat, Gen. George Washington pulled out miraculous mid-winter victories
‘The ingenious Captain Peale” sired a dynasty of painters and started America’s first great museum.
He was a capitalist. He was an urban reformer. He was a country boy. He was “Comrade Jesus,” a hardworking socialist. He was the world’s first ad man. For a century and a half, novelists have been trying to recapture the “real” Jesus.
You Asked for It
Walden is here, of course; but so too is Fanny Farmer’s first cookbook
WHERE DID IT GO?
Vain, snobbish, distinctly upper-class in his libertine social habits, Gouverneur Morris nevertheless saw himself justifiably as "A Representative of America"
The Most Uncommon Pamphlet of the Revolution
Common Sense was a bestseller and turned the tide of public feeling toward independence, but for its author fame was followed by ingratitude.