If you are an American then you have most likely heard the words

Give me Liberty or give me Death!

If you aren’t familiar with those words or you’ve heard them but don’t know their origin then you’ve come to the right place πŸ˜‰

Who said it?

A well respected lawyer named Patrick Henry. He was from Virginia and believed that war was just around the corner.

When was it said?

March 23, 1775. The boycott from the Boston Tea Party in 1773 was still going on.

Where was it said?

At the Virginia Convention. There were around 120 delegates there. Seven of them would later sign the Declaration of Independence.

Did he announce anything else while he was there?

Yes, he did. While they were discussing if they should have a militia. He announced that he had already put together a voulnteer group. He believed that war was close and that we should be one, not different states. In his words

I am not a Virginian I am an American

Are there any other interesting things to know?

After Patrick Henry made his speech. Colonal Edward Carrington, who was standing at the church window, was so moved by he speech that he announced to the other spectators

Let me be buried at this spot

Decades later when he died, his widow honored his request.

What else?

We actually don’t have the exact script of that speech. In the 1800s, a biographer named William Wirt interviewed some of the delegates that had been there and from their amazing memory put the speech together.

That’s it!

If I’m not correct on one of the facts please let me know and I will look into it πŸ™‚

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Until Next Time,

Froggy Crochet πŸ™‚