The early death of his father when he was 11 eliminated the possibility of schooling in England, and his mother rejected attempts to place him in the Royal Navy. Washington's brother had purchased an interest in the Ohio Companya land acquisition and settlement company whose objective was the settlement of Virginia's frontier areas, including the Ohio Countryterritory north and west of the Ohio River. Washington played a key role in the outbreak of the French and Indian Warand then led the defense of Virginia between and as colonel of the Virginia Regiment. Although Washington never received a commission in the British Army, he gained valuable military, political, and leadership skills,  and received significant public exposure in the colonies and abroad.
Ministers of the Church of England in Virginia were paid their annual salaries in tobacco. A tobacco shortage caused by drought led to price increases in the late s. The Stamp Act of required American colonists to pay a small tax on every piece of paper they used.
Colonists viewed the Stamp Act — an attempt by England to raise money in the colonies without approval from colonial legislatures — as a troublesome precedent. Patrick Henry responded to the Stamp Act with a series of resolutions introduced to the Virginia legislature in a speech.
The resolves declared that Americans should be taxed only by their own representatives and that Virginians should pay no taxes except those voted on by the Virginia legislature. Later in the speech, Henry flirted with treason when he hinted that the King risked suffering the same fate as Julius Caesar if he maintained his oppressive policies.
Give me liberty, or give me death! Henry spoke without notes. No transcripts exist from his famous address. The only known version of the speech was reconstructed in a biography of Henry by author William Wirt, leading some historians to speculate that the famous Patrick Henry quote may have been fabricated by Wirt to sell copies of his book.
Henry and other Anti-Federalists opposed the ratification of the United States Constitutionwhich created a strong federal government.
Patrick Henry worried that a federal government that was too powerful and too centralized could evolve into a monarchy.
While the Anti-Federalists were unable to stop the ratification of the U. The first 10 Amendments to the United States Constitution, known collectively as the Bill of Rights, protected individual liberties and placed limits on the powers of the federal government.
Besides a brief stint as a Virginia delegate to the Continental Congress — the United States government during the American Revolution — Patrick Henry never held national public office. He died in at the age of Patrick Henry, Orator of Liberty; U.“Give and Take just might be the most important book of this young century.
As insightful and entertaining as Malcolm Gladwell at his best, this book has profound implications for how we manage our careers, deal with our friends and relatives, raise our children, and design our institutions.
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