Class Notes

In honor of the Washington National’s first trip to the World Series, I thought I would talk about a great Virginian, Patrick Henry, whom I sure would be a fan.  Most of you know his famous speech during the Revolution, where he declared, “Give me liberty or give me death.”  However, most do not know the even better speech he gave earlier, when protesting the Stamp Act.

In this speech he declared that only Virginia could tax Virginians and that the Stamp Act was basically unconstitutional.  In this speech he ended with, “if this be treason, make the most of it,” followed by some of the best 18th century smack talk, “Caesar had his Brutus, Charles I had his Cromwell, George III?  May he profit from their example.” 

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