Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty
Finalist for the 2018 George Washington Prize
By Jon Kukla. ISBN 978-1-439-19081-4. Copyright 2017. Hardcover with 560 pages.
This authoritative biography of Patrick Henry is the story of an American patriot who played a central role in the movement to independence, the Revolution, the Constitutional era, and the early Republic.
Born in 1736, Patrick Henry was an attorney, a planter, and an outstanding orator in the movement for independence. A contemporary of George Washington, Henry stood with John and Samuel Adams among the leaders of the colonial resistance to Great Britain that ultimately created the United States. The first governor of Virginia after independence, he was re-elected several times. After declining to attend the Constitutional Convention of 1787, Henry opposed the Constitution, arguing that it granted too much power to the central government. Although he denounced slavery as evil, like many other southern slave-owners he accepted its continuation. Henry pushed vigorously for the ten amendments to the new Constitution, and then supported Washington and national unity against the bitter party divisions of the 1790's.
A Mount Vernon bookplate, signed by the author, is included with your purchase.