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Thomas Paine

'These are the times that try men's souls' is quoted by one of the famous founding fathers of American Revolution, Thomas Paine. He became one of the first individuals to campaign for a world peace organization and communicated his ideas about 'revolution' and 'independence' effectually, attracting large hordes of people. However, his deep-seated views of religion pulled him down in the eyes of the public and at the time of his demise, only a trickle few attended his funeral. His written works such as 'The Age of Reason' and 'Common Sense' brought his ideas out on religion, property and how important it was for the Americans to gain independence from the British. He had his share of brickbats and bouquets. While he was ostracized for his open condemnation of religion, on the other hand he was commended his 'freethinking' philosophies. Before his name got logged into the archives of American history for both, good and bad reasons, his beginnings were especially humble. He began his career in writing as a publicist at first and then went on to become the co-editor of a very popular magazine in Pennsylvania. Through his writings he swayed public opinion of American public in favour of independence from British. If you would like to learn more about this famous personality, scroll further for more information.

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