Patrick Henry
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."

Patrick Henry Details

TitlePatrick Henry
Author
ReleaseJul 4th, 2017
PublisherSimon & Schuster
ISBN-139781439190814
Rating
GenreBiography, History, North American Hi..., American History, Politics, Military History, American Revolution, Nonfiction

Patrick Henry Review

  • Russell Threet
    January 1, 1970
    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 fly through this book because it is a very heavy read, but you will come out on the other side with a very in depth knowledge of Patrick Henry. This should probably not be your first book on Henry, but i 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 fly through this book because it is a very heavy read, but you will come out on the other side with a very in depth knowledge of Patrick Henry. This should probably not be your first book on Henry, but if you feel led to draw from the depths of his life and influence then this book is for you.
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  • David
    January 1, 1970
    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 thorough index and bibliography that makes this work an excellent resource. Kukla makes every effort to fill in all the gaps with other data that is available to provide context and continuity; as well as 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 thorough index and bibliography that makes this work an excellent resource. Kukla makes every effort to fill in all the gaps with other data that is available to provide context and continuity; as well as encourage the reader to really see the world with 18th century eyes, particularly a 18th century Virginian's eyes. Though, he seems to have targeted the 21st century urban/academic sensibility. In doing so, he is forced into repetitious "encouragements" on, so called, "politically incorrect" topics that gets old. Sans the P.C. topics, his use of repetition is useful and tasteful.He starts with Patrick Henry's great grand parents and works forward to his death in the first ten or so pages; and then lays it all out again in 300 pages of detail. I commend Kukla on his nearly universal reliance on primary sources and otherwise found what assumptions he did have mostly all reasonable.Things that will likely happen while reading this book: - You will visit http://www.patrickhenrylibrary.org and browse his library. - You will change your opinion about Thomas Jefferson. - You will want to read more about George Washington. - You will want to read more about Richard Henry Lee. - You will want to read the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union. - You will want to research all ratified and unratified amendments to the U.S. Constitution. - You will lament the world's, and likely Heaven's, loss of a Christian tract written by Patrick Henry. - You will contemplate joining Toast Masters (public speaking club). - You will cry, twice. - You will laugh, lots. - You will yell HUZZAH!Reviews of other modern works on Patrick Henry:Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots - Still reading, but doesn't start off near as well.Lion of Liberty: Patrick Henry and the Call to a New Nation - Horrible, one star. I agree with the King George III review on audible.
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  • Tiffany
    January 1, 1970
    A well written, well presented, highly detailed account of the life of Patrick Henry.
  • Theresa Leone Davidson
    January 1, 1970
    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 was his work helping ordinary citizens in their fight for equality before the American Revolutionary War that is most interesting about this book. Also absorbing is his early life and all of the struggles 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 was his work helping ordinary citizens in their fight for equality before the American Revolutionary War that is most interesting about this book. Also absorbing is his early life and all of the struggles through which he persevered. Also, though Henry is for the most part treated here as a hero, his deep and terrible flaws are also discussed, such as the fact that he owned slaves, and even upon his death, he gave them away to others instead of freeing them. Kukla's book is long, with a lot of information, but most of it is fascinating, and his writing never gets tedious. HIGHLY recommend!
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  • Jordan
    January 1, 1970
    Review forthcoming.
  • Dean
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely fantastic. Easy to get into, fascinating to read.
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