FYI December 19, 2018

On This Day

1776 – Thomas Paine publishes one of a series of pamphlets in The Pennsylvania Journal entitled “The American Crisis”.
The American Crisis is a pamphlet series by eighteenth century Enlightenment philosopher and author, Thomas Paine, originally published from 1776 to 1783 during the American Revolution. Often known as, The American Crisis, or simply, The Crisis, there are 16 pamphlets in total.[1] Thirteen numbered pamphlets were published between 1776 and 1777, with three additional pamphlets released between 1777 and 1783.[2] The first of the pamphlets was published in Pennsylvania Journal on December 19, 1776.[3] Paine signed the pamphlets with the pseudonym, “Common Sense”.

The pamphlets were contemporaneous with early parts of the American Revolution, during a time when colonists needed inspiring works. Paine, like many other politicians and scholars, knew that the colonists weren’t going to support the American Revolutionary War without proper reason to do so. They were written in a language that the common person could understand, and represented Paine’s liberal philosophy. Paine also used references to God, saying that a war against Kingdom of Great Britain would be a war with the support of God. Paine’s writings bolstered the morale of the American colonists, appealed to the English people’s consideration of the war, clarified the issues at stake in the war, and denounced the advocates of a negotiated peace. The first volume begins with the famous words, “These are the times that try men’s souls.”


Born On This Day

1831 – Bernice Pauahi Bishop, American philanthropist (d. 1884)
Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop (December 19, 1831 – October 16, 1884), born Bernice Pauahi Pākī, was an aliʻi (noble) of the Royal Family of the Kingdom of Hawaii and a well known philanthropist. At her death, her estate was the largest private landownership in the Hawaiian Islands, comprising approximately 9% of Hawaii’s total area. The revenues from these lands are used to operate the Kamehameha Schools, which were established in 1887 according to Pauahi’s will. Pauahi was married to businessman and philanthropist Charles Reed Bishop.





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