Lion of Liberty: Patrick Henry and the Call to a New Nation

Lion of Liberty: Patrick Henry and the Call to a New Nation

by Harlow Giles Unger

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Overview

In this action-packed history, award-winning author Harlow Giles Unger unfolds the epic story of Patrick Henry, who roused Americans to fight government tyranny--both British and American. Remembered largely for his cry for "liberty or death," Henry was actually the first (and most colorful) of America's Founding Fathers--first to call Americans to arms against Britain, first to demand a bill of rights, and first to fight the growth of big government after the Revolution.

As quick with a rifle as he was with his tongue, Henry was America's greatest orator and courtroom lawyer, who mixed histrionics and hilarity to provoke tears or laughter from judges and jurors alike. Henry's passion for liberty (as well as his very large family), suggested to many Americans that he, not Washington, was the real father of his country.

This biography is history at its best, telling a story both human and philosophical. As Unger points out, Henry's words continue to echo across America and inspire millions to fight government intrusion in their daily lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306820465
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 11/08/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 209,426
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Acclaimed historian Harlow Giles Unger is a former Distinguished Visiting Fellow at George Washington's Mount Vernon. He is the author of twenty-six previous books, including twelve biographies of America's Founding Fathers and three histories of the early Republic. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Chronology xiii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Tongue-tied 5

Chapter 2 Tongue Untied 19

Chapter 3 The Flame Is Spread 27

Chapter 4 We Are Slaves! 47

Chapter 5 To Recover Our Just Rights 65

Chapter 6 We Must Fight! 83

Chapter 7 "Give Me Liberty..." 93

Chapter 8 "Don't Tread on Me" 107

Chapter 9 Hastening to Ruin 127

Chapter 10 Obliged to Fly 141

Chapter 11 A Belgian Hare 161

Chapter 12 Seeds of Discontent 183

Chapter 13 On the Wings of the Tempest 197

Chapter 14 A Bane of Sedition 215

Chapter 15 Beef! Beef! Beef! 233

Chapter l6 The Sun Has Set in All Its Glory 257

Afterword 275

Appendix A The Speech 279

Appendix B Henry on Slavery 283

Appendix C Henry's Heirs 285

Notes 287

Bibliography 305

Index 311

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