Thomas Paine's To Begin the World Over Again

About This Episode


Thomas Paine is a man largely forgotten and greatly misunderstood, ironically quoted by all and every political faction in America today. Yet his ideas about democracy, equality, slavery, pensions, healthcare, education and morality would have created a very different kind of nation if they had been acted on.

Paine was a man who changed the world, only to have the world he changed turn its back on him. The man who ignited revolutions would die largely ignored and distained, but when he was writing his books he was at the epicenter of world events, literally transforming nations through the power of his words. All the triumphs and tragedies of his life are here in this film of a live performance of the acclaimed one-man play "To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine."