Patrick Henry (1736-1799) was an eloquent orator and motivational leader at the time of the Revolutionary War. He was a great American patriot, a strong believer in citizens’ rights, and a prominent spokesman for independence from England.
On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry delivered his famous speech protesting against British tyranny in which he declared, “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!” The colonies eventually did become free and independent states – the United States of America.
At the time the U.S. Constitution was being written, Patrick Henry demanded that a Bill of Rights be added to limit the federal government’s power more strictly, and to guarantee the protection of each and every citizen’s basic liberties.
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