Wednesday, January 17, 2007


This Day in American History

On this day in 1776, patriot Thomas Paine publishes his pamphlet Common Sense, which is 48 pages long and contains all the arguments Paine can think of for American independence from Britain. Pamphleteers were very important for about 250 years in the creation and dissemination of political ideas, but became eclipsed in the early 1800s. I like to think of bloggers as modern pamphleteers, myself probably excluded.

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