The Underrated Patrick Henry

“Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!”

When Henry said it, he might have been committing treason. Yet the words also made him famous and indicated his superior bravery and patriotism to his country. The trouble is, this phrase is often all he’s remembered for.

Those words were spoken before the Revolution, and tend to downplay Henry’s enormous contribution to fighting the Revolutionary war. Without Henry the Revolution may not have succeeded and the Constitution may not look like it does. We get into why. We also get into Henry and slavery, Henry and the Constitution, and other things. From a 2017 interview – a bit about Patrick Henry and his times. Why the forgotten American “founder,” one who was often too busy in his home state of Virginia to get nationally famous can provide us with American Revolutionary war stories and government founding narratives more interesting than just the Franklin, Jefferson and Washington stories we are accustomed to.