In January of 1776, a man by the name of Thomas Paine wrote a pamphlet entitled Common Sense, in which he outlined the reasons that he felt it was time for the colonies to part company with Great Britain, and form their own independent nation.
Common Sense was widely distributed and read throughout the colonies, and was influential in convincing many thousands of colonists that it was indeed time to form a new united nation.
Common Sense had a profound impact on the mood of Americans and helped greatly to change the opinions of important and influential colonists who had been holding out hope for resolving the conflict with Great Britain without going to war.
If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause and say, "Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Spartacus was an escaped Roman slave who led an army of 90,000 escaped slaves against the might of the Romans.