Patrick Henry First among Patriots
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Description: 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.
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List price: $32.50
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 11/22/2011
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
|Introduction "The nefarious and highly criminal|
|"If your industry be only half equal to your genius'|
|"The infatuation of new light' The Great Awakening and the Parsons' Cause|
|"If this be treason" The Stamp Act Crisis|
|"The first man upon this continent" Boycotts and the Growing Crisis with Britain|
|"Liberty or death" Arming for Revolution|
|"To cut the knot" Independence|
|"Our worthy governor"|
|"Virtue has taken its departure" The War's End and a New Virginia|
|"I smelt a rat" Defending the Revolution by Opposing the Constitution|
|"To care for the crazy machine" Reconciling with the Republic|
|Epilogue: "Mourn Virginia Mourn!" The Legacy of Patrick Henry|