I recently revisited the statue of Thomas Paine in Morristown, New Jersey. Dedicated in 1950, this sculpture commemorates the man who wrote “pamphlets” at the time the 13 Colonies were struggling with control by the British Monarchy. His “Common Sense,” published in 1776 was a “best seller” as it used plan language to articulate why the colonies should be an independent nation. Paine donated his royalties to George Washington’s Continental Army.
Tour books won’t show you Paine at this angle where telephone wires “run through his head.” I grew up near his statue and never noticed the wires until now. Progress.