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LTC Stephen F.
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Thanks TSgt Joe C. for letting us know that on December 28, 1793 during the French revolution, Thomas Paine was arrested in France for treason. His opposition to the death penalty in the age of the guillotine was foolish to hold in France.
Though the charges against him were never detailed, he had been tried in absentia on December 26 and convicted. Before moving to France, Paine was an instrumental figure in the American Revolution as the author of Common Sense, writings used by George Washington to inspire the American troops. Paine moved to Paris to become involved with the French Revolution, but the chaotic political climate turned against him, and he was arrested and jailed for crimes against the country.
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