Anniversary of Common Sense by Thomas Paine

Panelists discussed the impact of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense and his role in U.S. history, and how his views apply today. James Green told the story behind the… read more

Anniversary of Common Sense by Thomas Paine Panelists discussed the impact of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense and his role in U.S. history, and how his views apply today. James Green told the story behind the publication and sale of the Common Sense pamphlet. Brian McCartin refuted some of the myths about Paine. Moderator Judah Freed offered what he felt Paine would say about American politics today. During the event, actors Ralph Archbold and Steve Gulick portrayed Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine respectively. Franklin praised Paine’s bravery. Paine read from his pamphlet and talked about his political beliefs.

The publication in Philadelphia of Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense” on January 10, 1776 was a watershed of the American Revolution. At the time, a majority of colonists were still wavering about the idea of independence from Great Britain, but Paine’s pamphlet galvanized opposition to the Crown and served as the final catalyst for political separation and creation of the first modern republic. Through this pivotal pamphlet, Paine joined the ranks of the Founding Fathers, even though he did not receive credit for his achievement until two centuries later.

Judah Freed is the author of Global Sense: Awakening Your Personal Power for Democracy and World Peace, published by Media Visions Press Ltd, written to be a modern update of Common Sense.

The event was hosted by The Library Company of Philadelphia, founded in 1731 by Ben Franklin. close

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Program ID:
196215-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Forum
Location:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
First Aired:
Jan 27, 2007 | 10:58pm EST | C-SPAN 2
Last Aired:
Jan 10, 2011 | 2:01am EST | C-SPAN 3

Airing Details

  • Jan 27, 2007 | 10:58pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 28, 2007 | 1:00pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 29, 2007 | 3:59am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Feb 18, 2007 | 8:01am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 09, 2010 | 10:00am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jan 09, 2010 | 4:00pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jan 09, 2010 | 10:00pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jan 10, 2010 | 4:00am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jan 08, 2011 | 1:01pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jan 09, 2011 | 6:01am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jan 10, 2011 | 2:01am EST | C-SPAN 3
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