"Give me liberty or give me death!"
March 1775, The Second Virginia Convention met at Henrico Parish Church, St.
John's, in Richmond, far away from Lord Dunmore, Royal Governor of Virginia, at
home in the capital city of Williamsburg. Members met to consider the matters of
the tyranny and oppression of the British. Though some favored continued
conciliatory action, a thirty-nine-year-old delegate from Hanover County named
Patrick Henry had a different view. He knew he faced "an irresolute body;" and
that he would be opposed by the powerful Tory element among the members. He
spoke of his passion on March 23, 1775. He stood, according to tradition, near
the present eastern corner of the transept and the nave of St. John's Henrico
Parish Church in Richmond.
Richard Schuman interprets the character of Patrick Henry for
Williamsburg Foundation. He re-creates Patrick Henry's powerful speech.
to the full speech* (audio clip 7:05)
Read the speech
to closing remarks*
leading to "Give me liberty or give me death." (audio
clip 2:35) Read the
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