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The most famous speech of a brilliant American orator. Although historically targeted at the British, his impassioned words resonate against todays headlines. A classic worth owning!
[Adult (non-fiction) - political oration] Originally presented March 23, 1775.
Edited by: Alex Panzer
This speech was delivered at the Second Virginia Convention, which was being held at Richmond, Virginia. Other convention members had just given speeches urging caution and patience until the British crown replied to the Continental Congress' latest petition for reconciliation. Patrick Henry wanted to raise a militia, and put Virginia in a posture of defense (the "Battle of Lexington and Concord" was still a month away). This speech was his rebuttal. The "President" he was addressing was the Convention's president, Peyton Randolph, of Williamsburg, Virginia.
Patrick Henry was born in Hanover County, Virginia on May 29, 1736. He was elected to Virginia House of Burgesses in 1765, and to the Continental Congress in 1774. He served as governor of Virginia from 1776-1778, and again in 1784. He died on June 6, 1799. Patrick Henry was considered a "radical" by both the colonists and British alike. Henry's reputation as a passionate and fiery orator exceeded even that of Samuel Adams. Patrick Henry was a strong critic of the constitution proposed in 1787. He was in favor of a weak federal government, and the strongest possible government for the individual states. He was also very critical of the fact that the constitutional convention was conducted in secret.
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Audience = Adult 16+
Non-Fiction Subject = Political Oration
BIC = JPHL1KBBFV3JF (Political leaders and leadership)
DDC = 323 (Social sciences / Political science / Civil & political rights)
BISAC = POL025000 (POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Leadership)
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