Lion of liberty: Patrick Henry and the call to a new nation

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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.

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subject_facet Governors -- Virginia -- Biography, Henry, Patrick, -- 1736-1799, Legislators -- United States -- Biography, United States -- Politics and government -- 1775-1783, United States -- Politics and government -- 1783-1789, United States. -- Continental Congress -- Biography, Virginia -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
table_of_contents Tongue-tied -- Tongue untied -- The flame is spread -- We are slaves! -- To recover our just rights -- We must fight! -- 'Give me liberty...' -- 'Don't tread on me' -- Hastening to ruin -- Obliged to fly -- A Belgian hare -- Seeds of discontent -- On the wings of the tempest -- A bane of sedition -- Beef! beef! beef! -- The sun has set in all its glory.
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title Lion of liberty : Patrick Henry and the call to a new nation
title_alt Patrick Henry and the call to a new nation, Patrick Henry and the call to a new nation.
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title_full Lion of liberty : Patrick Henry and the call to a new nation / Harlow Giles Unger, Lion of liberty: Patrick Henry and the call to a new nation [electronic resource]
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title_sort lion of liberty patrick henry and the call to a new nation
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topic Governors Virginia Biography, Henry, Patrick, 1736-1799, Legislators United States Biography, United States Politics and government 1775-1783, United States Politics and government 1783-1789, United States. Continental Congress Biography, Virginia History Revolution, 1775-1783
topic_facet Governors, Henry, Patrick, History, Legislators, Politics and government