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Need for Self Government

Would the delegates set up their own militia under the authority of the provincial congress rather than under the authority of the royal governor? Now to do so was an extremely radical act, it’s a key step toward independence…and that’s the context of the famous give me liberty or give me death speech.

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Opposition to Tax Acts

The opposition to the English imposed taxes in the colonies took several forms. Informal groups in most of the colonies urged a boycott of English goods.

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Governing Virginia in the Late 1700's

In March, 1775, Virginia’s leaders were gathering outside of the law to take care of the colony’s affairs. They would travel from all parts of Virginia. At stake was their perceived right to self-government, a belief shaped since the earliest days of the colony.

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Introduction to Liberty or Death

The Liberty or Death speech is at the heart now of the legend of Patrick Henry. Those who were there who witnessed it said they could never forget that moment.

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Conflict Brewing with England

The French and Indian War turns out to be the most expensive war the British every waged. This meant that at the end of the war they had this enormous debt that they had to fund and they also had a larger empire to administer. The notion was they can get some of the money by taxing the colonists as they have never done before.

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Colonial Taxes

For the next ten years Parliament would impose various taxes on the colonies. The Sugar Act, a tax on imported sugar from the West Indies, was among the first.

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Legacy of Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry is a man who is a great mobilizer in Virginia and without Virginia, there is no America Revolution. Patrick Henry’s activities on the Virginia stage has national implications, and will culminate American independence and the successful waging of the war for that independence.

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Beyond the Speech

Word of Patrick Henry’s speech spread though out the colonies. The phrase “liberty or death,” became a rallying cry for many Americans…even those who did not benefit from the revolution.

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Debate Over Patrick Henry's Resolution

Virginia Convention delegates are divided over the resolution put forth by Patrick Henry that Virginia be able to form its own militia without permission of the crown.

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Francis Marion: The Swamp Fox

From the opening of hostilities at Lexington and Concord in 1775, until signing of the Treaty of Paris in 1783, the Revolution was America's longest war until the Vietnam conflict. While tension between Loyalist and Patriot sympathizers continued throughout the former colonies, active fighting for the most part had shifted to the South after 1779.

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