Friday, January 11, 2008
Thomas Paine is credited, through the pamphlet Common Sense, of building popular support for the fight for American independence from England. Paine’s prose was powerful, articulate, emotional and persuasive. (Some later called it propaganda!) He continued to educate and persuade people in his American Crisis papers including American Crisis No. I when he wrote “these are the times that try men’s souls.” Also attributed to Thomas Paine is “lead, follow or get out the way.” From revolutionary times to the present, writers, leaders and everyday Americans help capture a period of time and move citizens with their eloquence. John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln and Susan B. Anthony are four that come quickly to mind. What historical or literary words have moved you? Let us know.