Louis Rainier Alcindor‘s Today’s memory
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(February 9, 1737 [O.S. January 29, 1736] – June 8, 1809)
was an English-American political activist, author, political theorist and revolutionary.
As the author of two highly influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, he inspired the Patriots in 1776 to declare independence from Britain.
His ideas reflected Enlightenment-era rhetoric of transnational human rights. He has been called „a corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination”
His pamphlet, published in 1776, provided inspiration to undecided Americans that a new nation, independent from Britain, might eventually become „…an asylum for mankind!”
He served in the Continental Army and observed the hardships of American troops fighting the world’s most powerful army. He then published The Crisis series pamphlets which began by stating, „These are the times that try men’s souls.”
He refused to accept the profits from his writings and wound up destitute after the Revolution.