"The American Crisis" by Thomas Paine - "These are the times that try men’s souls" - Broadside printed in Boston
The American Crisis, Number 1, was written by Thomas Paine in 1776 and it opens with these stirring words:
"These are the times that try men's souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.
"Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph."
This broadside was published in Boston in 1776. (An original appears in the Library of Congress and is shown below and online here.)
Hand printed at the Printing Office of Edes & Gill located in the Clough House (c 1715) on the grounds of the Old North Church Historic Site in Boston.
Paper size: 11.25" x 17.5"
Print area: 8.75" X 14"
. . .
From The Writings of Thomas Paine, Volume I, collected and edited by Moncure Daniel Conway, 1774 - 1779:
"THOMAS PAINE, in his Will, speaks of this work as The American Crisis, remembering perhaps that a number of political pamphlets had appeared in London, 1775-1776, under general title of The Crisis. . . . His work consists of thirteen numbers, and, in addition to these, a Crisis Extraordinary and a Supernumerary Crisis. In some modern collections all of these have been serially numbered, and a brief newspaper article added, making sixteen numbers. But Paine, in his Will, speaks of the number as thirteen, wishing perhaps, in his characteristic way, to adhere to the number of the American Colonies, as he did in the thirteen ribs of his iron bridge. . . .
The first Crisis was printed in the Pennsylvania Journal, December 19, 1776, and opens with the famous sentence, "These are the times that try men's souls"; the last Crisis appeared April 19,1783, (eighth anniversary of the first gun of the war, at Lexington,) and opens with the words, "The times that tried men's souls are over." The great effect produced by Paine's successive publications has been attested by Washington and Franklin, by every leader of the American Revolution, by resolutions of Congress, and by every contemporary historian of the events amid which they were written. The first Crisis is of especial historical interest. It was written during the retreat of Washington across the Delaware, and by order of the Commander was read to groups of his dispirited and suffering soldiers. Its opening sentence was adopted as the watchword of the movement on Trenton, a few days after its publication, and is believed to have inspired much of the courage which won that victory, which, though not imposing in extent, was of great moral effect on Washington's little army."
Timing: We try to ship orders within three business days of receiving them.
If you need to receive your order by a certain date, such as to give as a gift or have for a trip, we recommend ordering at least weeks in advance, especially if you are use USPS shipping.
If you're looking for a reliable and on-time deliveries, we strongly suggest upgrading to the "UPS 3 Business Day Select Shipping."
- When it's longer, such as around the Christmas holidays, we'll put up an announcement in the site and will list recommended shipping deadlines below.
- If an item is out of stock, we will contact you.
- If one of your items is an advance order, that will be noted on the product page along with an estimate of when it will ship. If that estimated date changes, the product page will be updated.
Domestic shipping charges:
- Free shipping
- On stickers, magnets, decals, patches, static clings, and individual button pins.
US Postal Service shipping - The least expensive, though also less reliable than UPS. We strong recommend selected UPS (below), especially during November and December.
$4.95 for Shirts, long sleeved shirts, v-necks, tank tops, prints, posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendant, and button packs.
Regardless of the number of items you order, the shipping price is still fixed at $4.95. Our flat rate shipping means you can add another t-shirt, cap, or book for no additional shipping charge.
$7.95 for Woven blanket, hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, and mugs.
- UPS 3 Business Day Select - We strongly recommend using UPS, especially in November and December.
$11.95 for Shirts, long sleeved shirts, v-necks, tank tops, prints, posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendant, and button packs.
$14.95 for Woven blanket, hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, and mugs.
- UPS Overnight (Next Business Day Delivery)
$44.95 for Shirts, long sleeved shirts, v-necks, tank tops, prints, posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendant, and button packs.
- $49.95 for Woven blanket, hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, and mugs.
International shipping: Limited to US Postal Service International Service only.
- Canada and Mexico
$18.00 for Shirts, long sleeved shirts, v-necks, tank tops, prints, posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendant, and button packs.
$24.00 for Woven blanket, hooded sweatshirts, and mugs.
- Rest of the World
- Rates starts at $65.00
Note: Some large, heavy items may have an additional shipping charge. If that's the case, it will be noted on the product page.
All designs are copyrighted by The History List
All designs are copyrighted by The History List
All designs are copyrighted by The History List and the History Nerd text and design on t-shirts is a registered trademark. If you see a knock off, please let me know.
Your purchases support our mission to engage people with local history and to support historic sites and history organizations across the country.
The printing is of exceptional quality. When framed properly, it's just amazing on the wall.
I love it!
Great looking print. Waiting for it to get back from getting framed. I can’t wait to hang it on the wall
Wonderfully printed! I will frame this and hang it in the study along with my other broadsides and historical documents