The American Crisis aka "The Crisis"

Thomas Paine (1737 - 1809)

A 13 pamphlet series by 18th century Enlightenment philosopher/author Thomas Paine, published between 1776 to 1783 during and immediately following the American Revolution, gathered into one volume in 1882 by Moncure D. Conway. Each essay, plus 2 inserts, bolstered the morale of the American colonists to fight hard for their independence, appealed to the English to support the colonist's cause, clarified the issues at stake, and denounced any type of negotiated peace. Replete with quotable quotes, the first pamphlet, Crisis I, begins with the now-familiar words "THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman." Paine, an Englishman living in the colonies, signed his pamphlets anonymously as "Common Sense." ( Michele Fry)

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Political Science

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Editor's Preface Michele Fry
Play 01 Crisis I, These Are The Times That Try Men's Souls TRUEBRIT
Play 02 Crisis II, To Lord Howe Michele Fry
Play 03 Crisis III, Part I, In The Progress Of Politics Max Wainer
Play 04 Crisis III, Part II, In The Progress Of Politics Max Wainer
Play 05 Crisis IV, Those Who Expect To Reap The Blessings Of Freedom Michele Fry
Play 06 Crisis V, Part I, To Gen. Sir William Howe KirksVoice
Play 07 Crisis V, Part II, To The Inhabitants Of America KirksVoice
Play 08 Crisis VI, To The Earl Of Carlisle and Gen. Clinton Ernst Schnell
Play 09 Crisis VII, To The People Of England Michele Fry
Play 10 Crisis VIII, Address To The People Of England Greg Giordano
Play 11 Crisis IX, Had America Pursued Her Advantages Michele Fry
Play 12 The Crisis Extraordinary On The Subject Of Taxation Ernst Schnell
Play 13 Crisis X, On The King Of England's Speech Bruce Kachuk
Play 14 Crisis XI, On The Present State Of News JGHenry
Play 15 A Supernumerary Crisis, To Guy Carlton Greg Giordano
Play 16 Crisis XII, To The Earl Of Shelburne Bruce Kachuk
Play 17 Crisis XIII, Thoughts On The Peace, And Probable Advantages Thereof Bruce Kachuk
Play 18 A Supernumerary Crisis: To The People Of America Bruce Kachuk