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1737-1809. Born in Norfolk, England, Paine emigrated to the British American colonies where, as a revolutionary leader, political activist and journalist he supported the American colonist's fight for independence. His widely read pamphlet, 'Common Sense', was a powerful weapon in this fight. "Without the pen of the author of Common Sense, wrote John Adams, "the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain." As a social and political reformist, Paine supported the revolution in France, (where he was arrested and imprisoned in 1793), addressed property ownership and introduced the concept of a guaranteed minimum income. In 'The Age of Reason', it was his stance against institutionalized religion in general, and Christian doctrine in particular, that made him unpopular in later life.
In January of 1776, Thomas Paine published Common Sense; the book inflamed its readers and ignited the American Revolution. In truth the fires of dissent were already smoldering, but Paine's impassioned writing gave focus to the many disparate voices and united a country. One cannot over estimate the importance of this book in shaping the destiny of United States of America, as it was here that our constitutional form of government was first suggested.