Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty by Jon Kukla

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Read Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty Online Free - 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.
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. Kukla s biography restores Henry and his Virginia compatriots to the front rank of advocates for American independence.
Jon Kukla has thoroughly researched Henry s life, even living on one of Henry s estates. He brings both newly discovered documents and new insights to the story of the patriot who played a central role in the movement to independence, the Revolution, the Constitutional era, and the early Republic. This book is an important contribution to our understanding of the nation s founding."

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ISBN : 143919081X
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Number of Pages : 592 pages


Jordan rated it ★★★★☆

September 26, 2017

My review at University Bookman is now online.

Todd rated it ★★★★★

November 27, 2017

Review title: Liberty or death: reclaiming the hero of the founding generation Patrick Henry is best known for perhaps the most quotable slogan of the American Revolution, but is generally overlooked as a founding father, and sometimes is mentally lumped in with Common Sense's Thomas Paine as a mi...

Russell rated it ★★★★☆

May 25, 2017

This biography is nothing if not thorough. If you are looking for casual read with basic information about Patrick Henry this is not it. As a person who has lived in different parts of Virginia I was thrilled to read names of places, creeks, and communities that I was familiar with. You will not...

David rated it ★★★★★

August 12, 2017

This book could also be called A Truer History of Early American Government; with special attention to Patrick Henry's life and part in it. One of the reasons for this is, unfortunately, most of the information we have about Patrick Henry has been burned or lost. Despite this, Kukla has a very tho...

Tiffany rated it ★★★★☆

August 03, 2017

A well written, well presented, highly detailed account of the life of Patrick Henry.

Andy rated it ★★★★☆

November 19, 2017

This comprehensive biography reminds us that there was much more to Patrick Henry than "Give me liberty or give me death," though the detailed description of the speech and its context is a highlight of the book. The author, Jon Kukla, shows us that Patrick Henry is an example of a public leader's...

Theresa Leone rated it ★★★★★

September 18, 2017

If Patrick Henry were alive today, and running for office, he would be a candidate who would talk a lot about how he was in tune with and appreciative of the little people, the common man, and he would actually mean it (at least he would in terms of white people, but more about that later). It wa...

Mandy rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 28, 2018

Authoritative and comprehensive but unfortunately rather dull. I appreciate that it’s an important examination of a man who has been overshadowed by his more well-known peers, but this is probably a book more for the academic or serious historian than the general reader. I learnt a lot but the jo...

Dean rated it ★★★★☆

September 16, 2017

Never get enough of our founding fathers particularly those who don't get as much credit as others. Much bigger contribution to our founding than just his liberty or death speech.

Bill rated it ★★★★★

February 26, 2018

What a treat for this product of Virginia elementary and high schools to finally get a good biography of Patrick Henry. Kukla's research in the key areas of Henry's life is impressive.

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