As tensions escalated between England and her American colonies, a young lawyer rose to speak to his fellow Virginians about the issues at hand. Patrick Henry's speech in March 1775 was a bold public statement of his opinions regarding the colony's course of action.
Form a response to the speech using one or more of the following prompts:
1) Henry's speech was a call to action. What did he want his fellow Virginians to do? What were his justifications for the proposed action? How did Henry address the concerns of those who did not agree with him?
2) Slavery was a common theme in Henry's speech. What imagery did Henry use to illustrate his message? Why would those images have resonated so strongly with his audience?
3) Throughout his speech, Henry referenced a variety of Biblical themes. What are some of the most striking references Henry used? Why would these themes have resonated with his audience?