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Patrick Henry

Nonfiction: History, Biography
Unabridged   17.75 hour(s)
Publication date: 08/22/2017

Patrick Henry

Champion of Liberty

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Audio CD ISBN:9781681686691
Digital Download ISBN:9781681686707


This authoritative biography of Patrick Henry—the underappreciated founding father best known for saying, "Give me liberty, or give me death!"—restores him and his fellow Virginians to their seminal place in the story of American independence.

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Born in 1736, Patrick Henry was an attorney and planter, and an outstanding orator in the movement for independence. A contemporary of Washington, Henry stood with John and Samuel Adams among the leaders of the colonial resistance to Great Britain that ultimately created the United States. The first governor of Virginia after independence, he was re-elected several times. After declining to attend the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Henry opposed the Constitution, arguing that it granted too much power to the central government. Although he denounced slavery as evil, like many other southern slave-owners he accepted its continuation. Henry pushed vigorously for the ten amendments to the new Constitution, and then supported Washington and national unity against the bitter party divisions of the 1790s. He was enormously influential in his time, but his accomplishments, other than his oratory, were subsequently all but forgotten.


“His narration captures the drama of famous speeches and political debates, as well as Henry's family tragedies. Both the book and its narrator are highly recommended.” —SoundCommentary

“Before the Declaration of Independence, before Lexington and Concord, Patrick Henry spoke treason to power and chose liberty over death. Jon Kukla tells the story of the first founding father, a passionate populist, devout Christian and first-class legal mind.” —Richard Brookhiser, author of Founders’ Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln

“Patrick Henry provided much of the fire that lit the American Revolution in 1775 and 1776, and remained true to his democratic principles through a life of service to his country. In this wise and learned biography, Jon Kukla gives us the authoritative account of this essential figure in the creation of America.” —David O. Stewart, author of Madison’s Gift

Author Bio

Jon Kukla is the author of Mr. Jefferson's Women and A Wilderness So Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America, as well as many scholarly articles and reviews. He has directed research at the Library of Virginia and served as executive director of Red Hill Patrick Henry National Memorial in Virginia.