Thomas Paine: The American Crisis

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“These are the times that try men’s souls.” Thus, 18th century author Thomas Paine begins the first pamphlet of his series titled The American Crisis. Paine wrote the series in the midst of the American Revolutionary War fought between the American Colonists and the British Empire. Colonial General George Washington regarded the first pamphlet to be so inspiring that he had it read to his troops at Valley Forge. In this video, we will analyze the rhetorical strategies Paine employs to strengthen the morale of the American Colonists and to publicly condemn the Tories, who are colonists loyal to Britain.

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