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Monday, January 10, 2011

The Importance of Knowing and Frequently Studying the History of America: From the Mouth of Thomas Paine

"[Thomas] Paine's anomie worsened through the summer.  He dealt with it by retreating to the Library Company of Philadelphia to research and write an extended commentary on some aspects of the history of the American Revolution.  Paine had often talked of writing such a history.  Future generations of American, he used to say, would require an accurate account of their infant years, since their remembrance of things past would serve, whenever necessary, as a powerful weapon against those who sought by stealth or force to violate the country's founding principles."

"Tom Paine, a Political Life." - John Keane

How right Paine was too.  The Constitution was read in full in the House of Representatives for the very first time in history just a week ago, a historic precedent, one which should be happen every little while, say every year, I think.

You can read Paine's account of the American Revolution, "Letter to the the Abbe Raynal, on the Affairs of North America," his response to the Frenchman Abbe Raynal's essay entitled "Revolution d'Amerique", here:


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