Headstrong Club

The Headstrong Club is the spiritual descendant of a political debating club which met at the White Hart in Lewes in the latter part of the 18th Century. Tom Paine was a frequent speaker, and was often awarded the ‘Headstrong Book’ (apparently a specially inscribed lexicon) for his contributions. The present Headstrong Club was founded in 1987, the 250th anniversary of Paine’s birth, by David Powell and John May following the publication of David’s book about Tom Paine: The Greatest Exile (Croom Helm, 1985).

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