Animated History: Patrick Henry “Give me Liberty, or give me Death!”
Anti-Federalist Patriot and First Governor of Virginia Argues to Engage Britain in a Revolutionary Struggle for Liberty
This fascinating animation brings to life an intriguing American Patriot, often overlooked but pivotal historical figure in his most famous moment:
“Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? … Give me liberty, or give me death!”
Patrick Henry’s powerful speech, given at the second Virginia Convention on March 20, 1775, gave a rousing cry in favor of war with Britain, arguing that it was inevitable and just, while recognizing that the pattern of abuses were compelling enough reason to separate.
One of the most recognizable figures of the day in revolutionary America and a House of Burgesses representative from Virginia, arguably the most influential colony, Henry helped to rally the key leadership towards the struggle for independence.