When Tom Paine, the author of Common Sense, died in June 1809 only a dozen people came to his funeral. This program with University of Maryland historian Dr. Richard Bell examines Paine’s meteoric rise to celebrity status during the American Revolution and his equally dramatic fall from grace in the decades afterwards. Once lionized as our most relatable and revolutionary founding father, Tom Paine died a pariah, too radical and uncompromising for the cautious new country he had called into being.
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