What was Paine's role in the American Revolution?
Paine was the only leading Founder who served in both the military and the government during the Revolution. But more than that, it was Paine's Common Sense that transformed a tax rebellion into a social and political revolution. Released in January of 1776, Common Sense provided the philosophy of the American Revolution: an end to monarchy, establish a system of representative democracy, full equality for all, and the establishment of an independent and free America. As the Revolution faltered, in December 1776, Paine wrote the American Crisis and turned the tide and filled the ranks of the Continental Army, where he was serving as an officer. He later became the equivalent of the first secretary of state, and brought the crucial support of France into the fight.