On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry delivered one of the most important and dramatic speeches in American history. As the Virginia convention debated whether to send troops to fight in the Revolutionary War, Henry urged them to do so. “Give me liberty, or give me death!” he demanded, shattering the complacent and evasive mood of his fellow delegates. . . .
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Henry Mayer, A Son of Thunder: Patrick Henry and the American Republic, (New York: Franklin Watts, 1986).