Washington's Crossing - The Crisis Summary & Analysis

David Hackett Fischer
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In November 1776, Thomas Paine decided to publish another pamphlet similar to Common Sense. Paine's intention was to revive army and civilian spirit for the American cause. The events thus far in the revolution left many to wonder if their cause would survive. After so many losses, spirits were at an all-time low. Paine sought to change that with his second pamphlet, entitled The American Crisis.

Although he hated war with a passion, Pain believed it was the lesser of two evils. The worse evil was having to live under British tyranny. The American Crisis was an attempt to awaken the people of the United States to this urgency. Luckily, it worked as he hoped. The people began to see things in this new perspective and caught Paine's spirit. Paine concentrated the mind of the nation on the single most urgent task, which was...

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