What is Thomas Paine trying to tell the colonists and soldiers in his book, The Crisis?

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The Crisis is a series of articles written by Thomas Paine that encourages support for the American Revolution. In his articles, he talks about the difficulty of obtaining freedom. He wants the American people to know that it is worth fighting for something as important as freedom. He reminds the people and the soldiers that this will be a difficult struggle, but a struggle that is worth fighting. He is trying to inspire the American people and soldiers.

He reminds the colonists why we need to fight for freedom. He states that most people would agree that a separation from Great Britain is inevitable. He urges the American people to make this separation in their time so their children can have freedom and peace.

He speaks negatively about the British and those who support them. He urges people to support our leaders, at times suggesting that G-d is on our side. He also tells the people to be wary of those Americans who support the British. He is very critical of the British generals.

Thomas Paine wants the American people to know we are fighting for the right reasons. The British have treated us poorly, and we are fighting to eliminate that poor treatment.

The Crisis was designed to boost our spirits as well as the spirits of the soldiers fighting the Revolutionary War. One purpose of these articles is to continue to push for people to support our efforts in the Revolutionary War.

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