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“Give me liberty, or give me death:” Remembering Patrick Henry, the Forgotten Founder Patrick Henry was enormously popular during the American Revolution. Even Thomas Jefferson, who over time developed a deep loathing of Henry (some would say jealousy), had to admit that “it is not now easy to say what we should have done without Patrick Henry.” Edmund Randolph, a patriot leader in his own right, explained that “It was Patrick Henry … awakening the genius of his country, and binding a band of patriots together to hurl defiance at the tyranny of so formidable a nation as Great Britain.” Yet, today, Patrick Henry is ill-remembered; most Americans might recall at best perhaps a snippet from a famous speech: “give me liberty, or give me death.” The reasons for our historic forgetfulness are several: after the Revolution, Henry chose to oppose ratification of the U.S. Constitution, believing that it created a distant and too-powerful government, and he refused proffered position in George Washington’s administration, diminishing his historic memory. Equally important, Henry died in 1799 shortly after a political campaign in which, at Washington’s behest, he opposed Jefferson’s and James Madison’s ill-advised radical states’ rights attack on the U.S. government, and Jefferson spent the next twenty-six years systematically attacking Henry’s legacy. Patrick Henry, who helped to ignite a revolution, deserves better. This course will explore how he over¬came challenges to reach the pinnacle of Virginia politics and unite Americans behind a challenge to Britain – the eighteenth century’s super-power, why he opposed the U.S. Constitu¬tion, and why he then came out of retirement to defend the people’s Constitution against the attacks of Jefferson and Madison. Participants should evaluate Henry’s role in proclaiming a revolution and consider whether he had an equally important role in saving it. The course should also develop an improved appreciation for the complex political, economic, and religious forces that shaped the early republic. As a biographical course, it also demonstrates how personalities play an important role in even the most foundational national history. Image Attribution: The background image for this webpage is Patrick Henry before the Virginia House of Burgesses by Peter F. Rothermel (1851) with special thanks to the owner, the Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation. The painting of Patrick Henry's 1765 "Caesar had his Brutus" speech (discussed in the second lecture) is entirely romanticized -- neither Henry nor the House of Burgesses looked at all like this -- but it does show that hagiography of Henry, almost god-like veneration, began shortly after this death....

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LM

30 juin 2019

Excellent course for anyone interested in American History. Enjoyable lectures. Loved that some of the lectures were filmed at the actual location. Easy to understand. Highly recommend.

HH

5 avr. 2020

This was a wonderful course! Dr. Ragosta was knowledgable, and his lectures interesting and engaging. This course should be required viewing for anyone studying American history!

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par June S

15 juil. 2022

Quite informative and intresting

par patricia m

21 sept. 2020

very very interesting thanks

par Zoe G

5 août 2018

Great material and teacher!

par Winston A W

30 nov. 2020

Excellent, thank you.

par James S

26 avr. 2020

Outstanding Course

par Will J

17 févr. 2021

Wonderful course

par Kleber L d S

6 mai 2020

Ótimo.

par 周鄭州

2 mai 2019

有趣!

par Anne E

31 mai 2022

T​he content of this course was fine. However, unlike other Coursera courses, this one was about 98% the talking head of the lecturer, with almost no interesting info appearing onscreen. Especially frustrating since in the final lecture, the instructor mentioned all these interesting places you could go to see aspects of Henry's legacy. I wish this would have been shown onscreen. I took off one star for the "talking head" aspect of this course.

par Richard S

21 nov. 2020

This was very entertaining introduction the life and times of Patrick Henry. I found it instructive and well organized. It is not an in depth history of Patrick Henry or the Revolutionary Era, however, I believe the course accomplished what it set out to do; engage the student in thinking about Henry's time and how it differed from ours, and more importantly how some values stand the test of time.

par Jo S

23 mai 2020

Would have enjoyed seeing more of historic sites during lectures.

par Shirley K

20 juil. 2020

what a great course.