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Patrick Henry

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Definition: Fiery orator and tireless champion of American independence who is best known for his speech ending with, "Give me liberty, or give me death!" He was an outspoken critic of the Stamp Act and introduced seven resolutions against it to the Virginia House of Burgesses. He was the first governor of Virginia and led the fight for the adoption of the Bill of Rights.

Related Resources:
Patrick Henry: Voice of Freedom
Patrick Henry was one of the leading lights of the American Revolution, a voice that would not be silenced until Americans were free and could govern themselves.

Colonial Times
General information about the world Patrick Henry lived in.

Elsewhere on the Web:
"The Voice of the Revolution"
Biography of Patrick Henry, including some little-known facts.

His Most Famous Speech
This speech is long and involved, but it makes a great primary source.

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