Chapter 50. If You Want It to Be Remembered, Put It in Writing

Thomas Paine, a frustrated English tax officer, moved to the American colonies in 1774. As he tapped into the revolutionary spirit of the times, life took on new meaning. Paine started to articulate some of the interesting ideas he came across through writing pamphlets. He challenged the men of the 13 colonies to stop being “summer soldiers and sunshine patriots” and to revolt against taxation without representation. The pamphlets were so popular that they were read by a greater percentage of the population than today watch the Super Bowl. Paine inspired George Washington’s army to get out there and fight for their rights.

Today we don’t use pamphlets to send out the word. We use e-mails, ...

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