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Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

Patrick Henry

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This speech was given March 23, 1775, at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia, and is credited with having single-handedly convinced the Virginia House of Burgesses to pass a resolution delivering the Virginia troops to the Revolutionary War. In attendance were Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Reportedly, the crowd, upon hearing the speech, jumped up and shouted, “To Arms! To Arms!”

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery; and in proportion to the magnitude of the subject ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.

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Community Reviews

Agreed that everyone should read once. The power behind this speech is incredible.

"...They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolu

Για να ξέρουμε από πού βγήκε το Ελευθερία η Θάνατος τις δικής μας επανάστασης

Patrick Henry outlines a case for war of independence from Great Britain, saying that there is no better time, no other solution, and - for him, at least - no other choice.

Read this for school! Short but very powerful!

The moving and well written speech by Patrick Henry should be one that every American reads. It is stirring and builds right up to that famous quote,"Give me liberty or give me death."

Read bits and pieces of it through the years, but until today I have never actually read it all the way through. It

Henry the traditionalist

Henry's stirring and famous appeal to the house of burgesses is notable not only for it's magnificent rhetoric but also for Henry's conception of American liberty. Henry and the Virginians seem uninterested in creating a new order. They display a willingness to fight for the

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