"Let it be told to the future world, that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet... it."
- from "The Crisis" as quoted by Barack Obama, January 20, 2009



Thomas Paine: Sharp engraving after portrait by George Romney 1792

"You all remember," said the Controller, in his strong deep voice, "you all remember, I suppose, that beautiful and inspired saying of Our Ford's: History is bunk. History," he repeated slowly, "is bunk."

He waved his hand; and it was as though, with an invisible feather whisk, he brushed away a little dust, and the dust was Harappa, was Ur of the Chaldees; some spider-webs, and they were Thebes and Babylon and Cnossos and Mycenae. Whisk. Whisk - and where was Odysseus, where was Job, where were Jupiter and Gotama and Jesus? Whisk - and those specks of antique dirt called Athens and Rome, Jerusalem and the Middle Kingdom - all were gone. Whisk - the place where Italy had been was empty. Whisk, the cathedrals; whisk, whisk King Lear and the Thoughts of Pascal. Whisk, Passion; whisk, Requiem; whisk, Symphony; whisk . . . . "That's why you're taught no history," the Controller was saying.

-Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

Including the historic town of Morristown, New Jersey. During a visit to see their rare statue of Paine, we were told that of all the statues in town, and there are many, it was the only one not maintained on a regular basis. Sad but fitting neglect.

It's not just The States. Please see our expanded Paris section.

The Bordentown Historical Society was responsible for initiating and constructing only the third public monument to Paine in the U.S. This statue, located in Bordentown, New Jersey, was unveiled and dedicated with much fanfare and half the national colonial war re-creation forces on June 7, 1997 (the weekend of the 188th anniversary of Paine's death).

There are only five statues, worldwide, dedicated to the life and historic significance of Paine:

Paris, France

Thetford, England

Morristown, New Jersey New Rochelle, New York
Bordentown, New Jersey

The Sharpened Quill - Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, Isssue of 10/16/2006

A Brief History of Paine - Eric Foner

"Rehabilitating Paine" - David Chen, The New York Times, March 30, 2001

Thomas Paine Wikipedia Entry

"The Age of Paine"- Jon Katz, WIRED 3.05

The Mystery of Paine's Remains

Thomas Paine National Historical Association

Common Sense online text

Thomas Paine Archive at TPNHA

Online Thomas Paine Library

Voice of the Shuttle: an extensive humanities resource

Paine Ring @ Free World index

An American history series that looks at the lives and works of selected writers who have chronicled, reflected upon or influenced the course of the nation.

Paine page at Liberty! site

Friends of Thomas Paine resident historian J. Ward Regan

Questions and comments Philip A. Aromando

last update january twenty two thousand nine