February 18, 2012

Patrick Henry: Complicated But Exemplary

Ryan Cole, City Journal

Peruse the language of the Tea Party or Occupy Wall Street movements, and you will, at some point, encounter “give me liberty or give me death.” Apart from the various preambles and amendments to our founding documents, these are arguably the best- known and most invoked words from the American Revolution. The phrase has far outlived the reputation of its author: two centuries after his death, Patrick Henry remains associated with a fragment of a speech he delivered at Richmond’s St. John’s church in the spring of 1775, and little else. But Henry, the subject of a fine new biography by historian Thomas S. Kidd, should be remembered for much more.


Virginia’s first governor, and one of the earliest and most articulate advocates for...

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October 25, 2013
King's Obstinacy Lost America
Bruce Kauffmann, Appeal-Democrat
He is (after Elvis) the most famous king in American history. Dubbed "the king who lost America," King George III officially began his rule this week (Oct. 25) in 1760, succeeding his grandfather, George II, to the British... more ››
October 19, 2013
Victory and Glory for a New Nation
John Ferling, Command Post
The final act of what Rochambeau had promised would be a calculated operation to compel the British to surrender occurred during the second week of October. Two final British redoubts—Number 9 and Number 10—had to be taken to... more ››
October 19, 2013
Cornwallis: A Life in Service of Empire
Janie Cheaney, BKM&C
The man who would one day be accused of "losing America" was born on New Year's Eve, 1738, the eldest of a titled and highly respectable family. The Cornwallis tribe had established itself in Suffolk, which occupies the... more ››