Land of the Brave

Give me Liberty...

Colonial America - Land of the Brave

"Give me Liberty or Give me Death!"

On March, 23 1775 Patrick Henry delivered his famous speech which ended with the immortal words:

"Give me liberty or give me death!"

The words "Give me Liberty" are known to millions of people. They may not know the reasons why they were said but they resound strongly with all people of all different nationalities who value freedom. 

The Meaning behind the words of Give me Liberty...
The speech of Patrick Henry was delivered to the convention who were divided two opposing points of view. Patrick Henry sided with the men who wanted immediate action to raise a militia and to put Virginia in a position of defence. The opposition was urging caution and patience until the British replied to the latest petition for reconciliation from the Congress. Patrick Henry afforded and addressed the opposition with due respect.

Short Analysis of Give me Liberty...
In his speech he emphasizes his view that there is a need to fight for truth and God's purpose. His "Give me Liberty or give me Death!" speech is based on his belief that the alternative to fighting is slavery (meaning British rule). He believes that fighting for freedom is a responsibility of God and country, he aligns God on the side of the colonists. He is respectful towards King George III but that God is the ultimate authority. He believes that the view of the opposition is based on false hope in that the British will work for the good of the colonists and that this hope will lead to betrayal "spurned with contempt from the foot of the throne". He then makes reference to additional British troops that the British have sent to America and their "warlike preparations". Patrick Henry then makes an urgent call to arms "The war is inevitable - and let it come!"

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