Patrick Henry, Richmond, Virginia

Patrick Henry’s Speech, “Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death”

On March 23, 1775, during the Second Virginia Convention at Saint Johns Church in Richmond, Virginia, members of the delegation debated on whether or not to send troops to fight the British in a war for independence. Patrick Henry gave the riveting “Give me liberty or give me death” speech to his fellow delegates, after witnessing apathy during the debate for war, it convince his countrymen to assist in the fight against England.

After the speech, Patrick Henry became the first governor of Virginia to serve, after the legislature of Virginia broke off with the British crown and joined he Revolutionary War.