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Scholars Day: April 11, 2012

Thomas Paine: Author of Independence

The presentation will illustrate how the writings of Thomas Paine helped push America towards the Revolution. The presentation will first illustrate how even after fighting broke out in the colonies, the country did not want independence. Sometimes the belief is that America's war for independence was inevitable, and the presentation will seek to prove this to be not the case, as without Paine, the revolution may not have occurred. Also, it will illustrate the influence Paine had on the Declaration of Independence. It will explore the option that Thomas Paine might have written some parts of the Declaration, and even if not, had influence on its content. Finally, the presentation will explore the impact the Crisis Paper had on both the soldiers and the citizens during the war. The presentation will use examples from both primary and secondary sources.

Please note that presentation times are approximate. If you are interested in attending sessions with multiple presentations, please be in the room at the start of the session.
Presenter: Anthony Lewandowski (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: History
Location: 102 Edwards
Time: 3:45 pm Session V