Today focuses on a strangely outspoken character in history - Thomas Paine. It seems to me that Paine was dissatisfied with just about everything, and he used his talent of writing to voice his opinion.
After rousing public sentiment for the Revolution against England, Paine returned to Europe and continued to speak out, finally being arrested in France in 1793. A year later, James Monroe (then American Minister to France) secured Paine's release. He is known as the Father of the American Revolution because of the incendiary pamphlets he wrote.