Patrick Henry by Thomas S. Kidd
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Most Americans know Patrick Henry as a fiery speaker whose pronouncement “Give me liberty or give me death!” rallied American defiance to the British Crown. But Henry’s skills as an orator—sharpened in the small towns and courtrooms of colonial Virginia—are only one part of his vast, but largely forgotten, legacy. As historian Thomas S. Kidd shows, Henry cherished a vision of America as a virtuous republic with a clearly circumscribed central government. These ideals brought him into bitter conflict with other Founders and were crystallized in his vociferous opposition to the U.S. Constitution.

In Patrick Henry, Kidd pulls back the curtain on one of our most radical, passionate Founders, showing that until we understand Henry himself, we will neglect many of the Revolution’s animating values.

 

About Thomas S. Kidd

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Thomas S. Kidd is associate professor of history at Baylor University. The author of several books on American religious history, he lives in Woodway, Texas.
 
Published November 22, 2011 by Basic Books. 322 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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A deeper look at Patrick Henry.

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SG While Patrick Henry’s words, “Give me liberty or give me death,” urged fellow colonists toward revolution and shaped his own legacy in the annals of American history, as Baylor University historia

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Give us liberty, one occasionally wants to cry, echoing the great Patrick Henry's liberty-or-death moment at St. John's Church in Richmond. A great moment it was, as schoolchildren may still be taught. There was more, nonetheless, to Patrick Henry than lung power. The man had heart, and the soul ...

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Henry felt that the government of Virginia would never return to an established church and was a leader in the general assessment for religion in terms of paying taxes.

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Because Henry was homeschooled, some who educate their children that way send their youngsters to that college, viewed as a homeschool advocate.

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