“Give me liberty, or give me death”

Written by Georgia Miller

Patrick was a part of the Second Virginia Convention that took place March 20, 1775 (he didn’t give his whole speech or rant, whatever you want to call it, until three days later). This Convention was meeting at what is now a church, St. John’s Church, instead of the normal place, the capitol Williamsburg.

So Patrick Henry, the person who said “give me liberty or give me death,” was at a convention in Virginia and proposing that every county in Virginia organize a volunteer company of either infantry or cavalry. His closing words on the subject were, “give me liberty, or give me death.” The total word count of his speech when it is typed out actually turns out to be about 1200 words. It is no exaggeration to say that Patrick Henry was fully committed and very passionate about his cause, the cause of freedom four America (thought at that time they were still colonies and weren’t exactly very big, though they have come a long way today huh?) Patrick Henry and his peers were debating how to ‘resolve’ the problem between the colonies and Great Britain when Patrick Henry gave his call to arms speech. This is what he is mostly known for. He did many things but the most people will ever know is that he said seven words that would make him famous for centuries to come.

A few of the things people don’t know include the fact that he had 8 siblings. Also he was unsuccessful in trying to grow tobacco, for three years. Patrick Henry was a lawyer and elected to the House of Burgesses, the first legislative assembly in the American colonies. Patrick Henry was an interesting man with more to him then seven simple words. He deserves to be credited for everything he did and has done and by writing this I fully intend to do just that.

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