"Two hundred and thirty-five years ago,
a British citizen with only a basic education set off to make a new
life for himself in the British colonies. For two years he worked hard
and watched as his fellow colonists grew tired of British oppression.
Then he decided to act. Using his contacts in the publishing industry,
Thomas Paine anonymously released a pamphlet that made the case for
revolution using extraordinarily logical, straightforward, indisputable
He called it Common Sense.
Once Paine put his feelings into words,
he realized that he wasn't alone. Only seven months passed between the
release of Common Sense in January 1776 and the signing of the Declaration
of Independence. Seven months -- a pinpoint in the history of time,
but a moment that put the colonies on an irreversible track toward revolution
and, ultimately, freedom.
Seven months that changed the world,