How is Thomas Paine's "The Crisis Number 1" reflective of the American Revolution?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The original question had to be edited.  The first part of Paine's work represents much in way of the American Revolution.  It is a clear statement that the American Revolution will involve cost, sacrifice, and a long term vision.  The opening sentences are reflective of much regarding this understanding of the American Revolution:

THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

The invocation of "tyranny" helps to make clear that the first part of Paine's work is reflective of the Revolution's goals.  There is a larger battle that Paine wishes to impart within the American soldier and reader.  It is a moral duty to fight and persevere through the initial phases of this battle.  Paine's opening pamphlet is reflective of the American Revolution because it makes clear how struggle is going to be an intrinsic part of this fight.  It also makes pointedly clear that the opposition to "slavery" from the British has to galvanize soldiers to dig deep within them, to be more than the " sunshine soldier" or the "sunshine patriot."  Paine's work is reflective of the Revolution because it forces a commitment out of the American soldier to persevere through "these times" and eventually triumph over them.

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