Patrick Henry "Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death"


Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings...

Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace—but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

Full Speech attached below: "Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death" Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775

Published on Sep 6, 2012
This video is a dramatic reenactment of the famous speech given by Patrick Henry on March 23, 1775, in Richmond Virginia. Watch as Bill Fry dramatizes and brings the famous and historical words of Patrick Henry to life.