The American Crisis

The pamphlet known as "The Crisis" or "The American Crisis" was written in a dire hour. The Colonial Army, led by General George Washington, was at a low point. Having won no victory, many in that cold December were consider taking leave of the whole affair. At least, should they go home, they could have a warm meal and a bed to lie in with family gathered around. At this time of travail, when Liberty was merely declared in a document not yet realized, Thomas Paine penned the often quoted first paragraph. Having no proper medium to write the now famous words, he requested the head of a drum and scribed the immortal words..... "These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows…

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