Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Anniversary: "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!"

Today is the anniversary of Patrick Henry's powerful speech in which he said "Give me liberty or give me death!" delivered on March 23, 1775. From Wikipedia:
"Give me Liberty, or give me Death!" is a famous quotation attributed to Patrick Henry from a speech he made in a court hearing on March 23, 1775, at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia, and is credited with having swung the balance in convincing the Virginia House of Burgesses to pass a resolution delivering the Virginia troops to the Revolutionary War. Among the delegates to the convention were future US Presidents Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Reportedly, those in attendance, upon hearing the speech, shouted, "To arms! To arms!"[1]

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