Experience the American dream with today’s Patriots of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.
It’s January 10, 1776. I’m with Thomas Paine, writer of the Revolutionary pamphlet, Common Sense.
JG: “Mr. Paine, what words from your inspiring pamphlet could you share with us?”
TP: “O ye that love mankind! Ye that dare oppose, not only the tyranny, but the tyrant, stand forth! Every spot of the old world is overrun with oppression. Freedom hath been hunted round the globe. O! receive the fugitive, and prepare in time an asylum for mankind.”
Common Sense was read by thousands throughout the colonies and encouraged Americans to fight the tyrant, King George of England.
Read the full text of Common Sense.
John and Jan Gillespie are the founders of the Rawhide Boys’ Ranch; they have fostered 351 teenagers and wrote the book Our 351 Sons; they have also assisted numerous churches in developing youth programs and expanding their total church ministries. After running for U.S. Senate, John founded 1776 American Dream, which exists to demonstrate the vision of our founding fathers and help our generation of youth passionately embrace those values.