Author of the month for February, 2014 C. E, or 413 E. M.: Thomas Paine
We continue with Thomas Paine as the author of the month in celebration of our having proved he was the author of the “Junius Letters.”
This month we choose Thomas Paine (Payne) and all of his works, for not only was it Paine’s birthday in January -- (he was born January 29, 1737 and died June 8, 1809) -- he inaugurated an age, The Age of Reason, by a single work of the same title, and, therefore, deserves the extra attention.
Paine’s books are a must read for every person who wants an intellectual and historical understanding of the American Revolution.
It was Thomas Paine who wrote the immortal line “These are the times that try men’s souls,” a thought well worth remembering in these troubling times.
Ingersoll writes about Paine's contribution to freedom of thought that "With his name left out the history of Liberty cannot be written."
Joseph Lewis, in his 1947 edition of “Thomas Paine: Author of the Declaration of Independence,” argued convincingly that it was Paine, and not Jefferson, who wrote the Declaration of Independence.
Others, such as William Henry Burr, Joel Moody, and William Graves, have argued that Paine also authored the “Junius Letters.”