“Give me liberty, or give me death.” Patrick Henry is forever noted in history for this famous line during the American Revolution. His contributions to liberty did not stop with the British, however. Patrick Henry was the leader of the Anti-Federalists in the early years of our country. The Anti-Federalists did not want a federal government system, where there is a strong central government, then smaller, state governments. Patrick Henry had his own ideas for a decentralized national government, which he added on to the Constitution during the ratification convention in Virginia.
One of the reasons why he was so important was because of he´s personality. Patrick Henry´s persuasion and he´ different way of seeing things made him a great leader for the coloniests who´s lack of courage make them unable to escape from the Brithish´s leadership. The Ushistory article named Patrick Henry said: “Radical is a title that few men can wear with ease. The name Patrick Henry, during the revolution and for some time after, was synonymous with that word in the minds of colonists and Empire alike.” (Ushistory.org). In this article, they refer to Patrick Henry as a Radical person and that is because he had a different point of view about everything that was happening during the revolution. He had the courage to stand up and be a leader
...ican. Henry made great effort to constantly put God first in not only his life, but in the messages that he shared with people. Amongst this, he loved his nation, especially the people of Virginia. The opinions he had regarding the Revolutionary war, were vividly explained in this speech. Mr. Henry was passionate about peace, and the love that God had for the world. He had a very strong faith, and never hesitated to express what he had learned in his Bible studies. Specifically in this message, Henry used several different Biblical themes as a way to draw in his audience. In using his knowledge of the Bible he was able to precisely get the point a crossed that he was trying to make clear. Henry believed in the freedom of the people just as God had intended it to be. If this would mean to fight for that right, then he was ready to put forth everything that he had.
James Madison and Patrick Henry were part of the fifty-five men who attended the meeting in Philadelphia, in 1787. Patrick Henry, was an Anti Federalist. Anti Federalist feared that if the national government gains too much power, and it would became a threat to the people, like the British Parliament was. Patrick Henry’s family was not as rich like families of other founding fathers. Patrick Henry received an ordinary, but he spend most of his time in the wood, learning basic survival techniques (Pg 69). He also gave the very famous, speech “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” in 1775 (pg 69). Most Anti Federalist were loyal was towards the state and not towards the national government. Patrick Henry believed the federalist were “rich and the elite”, and wanted the power for themselves (pg 74). Patrick Henry said in a speech to virginia convention on june 4
Appointment and resigned. He had written to his family, .With all my devotion to the Union and the feeling of loyalty and duty of an American citizen; I have not been able to make up my mind to raise my hand against my relatives, my children, my home... Although opposed to secession, he would .return to [his] native state and shares the miseries of [his] people, and saves in defense. Draw [his] sword on none. His home, his relatives, and his children, all were rooted in a Virginia that had grown strong from the seeds planted by the American Revolution. Two of his ancestors had signed the Declaration of Independence. His father had eulogized George Washington as .first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen... (The actions of both men left indelible marks on Lee’s character. His debtor
When the Revolution loomed on the horizon, Morris became interested in political affairs. Because of his conservatism, however, he at first feared the movement, which he believed would bring mob rule. Furthermore, some of his family and many of his friends were Loyalists. But, beginning in 1775, for some reason he sided with the Whigs. That same year, representing Westchester County, he took a seat in New York's Revolutionary provincial congress (1775-77). In 1776, when he also served in the militia, along with John Jay and Robert R. Livingston he drafted the first constitution of the state. Subsequently he joined its council of safety (1777).
Patrick Henry was a lawyer and powerful orator who, having spoken out against British authority on several occasions, was a prominent supporter of the War for Independence.
At the Federal Convention in 1787, James Madison was prepared to propose a new form of government that would better represent the citizens of the United States, and he was further prepared to decry the Articles of Confederation due to their very nature of being too weak for the nation (Tindall & Shi, 2007). Although a few of the major political figures were unable to attend because they were on missions overseas, namely Adams and Jefferson, other invited delegates simply refused to attend, namely Patrick Henry. Henry believed that “Madison had in mind the creation of a powerful central government and the subversion of the authority of the state legislatures” (Bruns, 1986, para. 8). Henry was correct in his suspicions that Madison’s idea was to create a new and stronger government. So when the Constitution was finished being written, and the time came for ratifying the Constitution, Henry argued against the ratification on the grounds of state freedom and the lack of a Bill of Rights.
In 1768, Jefferson was elected to the Virginia House of Burgess and in 1774, he wrote his first major political piece, “A Summary View of the Rights of British America.” In the years to follow, Thomas Jefferson attended the Second Continental Congress (1775), drafted the Declaration of Independence, and successfully abrogated the policies of entail and primogeniture – each dealing with the specifics of land inheritance; Jefferson also proposed the document, “Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom”, which created religious freedom and the separation of church and state- although, it wasn’t adopted until years after, Jefferson believed this was his greatest life accomplishment.
Madison's understanding of public affairs developed during the decade of colonial resistance to British measures, 1765-1775. Madison's skill led to his election in 1780 to the Continental Congress, where he served for nearly four years. In 1783, after ratification of the peace treaty and demobilization of the army, Madison ranked as a leading promoter of a stronger national government. For three years in the Virginia legislature, Madison worked to enact Jefferson's bill for religious freedom and other reform measures. He also continued to strengthen the national government by securing Virginia's support of it. Madison offered the Virginia plan giving taxing and law-enforcement powers to the national government, and he worked with James Wilson and other nationalists to support a strengthened executive, a broadly based House of Representatives, long terms in the Senate, an independent federal judiciary, and other devices to enhance national power.