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By definition, the purpose of newspapers is to educate, to inform and to entertain.

We hope you will find this story of a courageous young immigrant to America to be all of those things ... and more.

Thomas Paine: An American Patriot is sponsored for use by all daily and weekly newspapers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey by the New Jersey Press Foundation and the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation.

This serialized eight-chapter story was published in newspapers for eight weeks, starting on or before September 17, 2007, Constitution Day. That is a federally mandated day for students throughout the nation to study the U.S. Constitution.

The focus of this serialized version of the Thomas Paine biography is how his writing influenced the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution and its first 10 amendments - the Bill of Rights.

The historical content of Thomas Paine: An American Patriot is factual; however, some of the characters and their dialogue are fictional.

Beyond the chapters of this story, we are offering exercises and activities designed to bring to life the story of the Thomas Paine (1737-1809).

The Guide for Teachers, Students and Families can be found in the Table of Contents on this website.

This story of Thomas Paine and the online educational guide support specific parts of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Departments of Education curriculum guidelines for social studies and language arts.

Thomas Paine: An American Patriot is based on a manuscript written by Mae Kramer Silver, president of the Thomas Paine Society of Bordentown, N.J., and adapted by the New Jersey Newspaper Foundation for school children to read as they study the U.S. Constitution and American history.

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