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Patrick Henry

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Overview

Author

Patrick Henry

Year Delivered

1775

Type

Primary Source

Genre

History, Speech

At a Glance

  • After years of disagreements with the British government, Patrick Henry (1736–99) came to the conclusion the colony of Virginia needed to create a militia. He attended the Second Virginia Convention from March 20–27, 1775, in Richmond with the intention of rousing his compatriots to his side.
  • Henry's speech on March 23, the fourth day of the convention, was not recorded. The document that exists today is a reconstruction of his words as researched by lawyer William Wirt (1772–1834). It was first published in Wirt's biography of Henry in 1818.
  • As a result of the speech, the delegates voted to form a Virginia militia. This militia became an important force in the American Revolutionary War that began less than a month later on April 19, 1775.
  • Patrick Henry's speech is considered one of America's greatest speeches. His inspiring last line is a patriotic reminder that liberty is the defining value of the United States.

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