Here to collect your taxes for the paper you bought!
How Patrick Henry Felt
"I hope it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen if, entertaining as I do, opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely, and without reserve."
How the Colonists were fed false information
"Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts."
"They tell us, sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? "
Patrick Henry's speech was mainly directed toward the unfair and unlawful taxes. In particular the Stamp Act, which was tax on paper, newspapers, deeds and more.
The significance of His Speech
In this part of the speech he states that he is tired of the British treating them as subjects and that he wants people to follow with him but he is going to speak freely and believes that a mans word should be spoken without regard.
LIBERTY OR DEATH!!!!
"Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
"Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts." Hes talking among the Colonists and their president about how they were blinded by the cruel treatment of the British and that its time to rise up.
After the speech
In this part of the speech Patrick Henry was saying that he was tired of the British treating them poorly and tries to say when they are going to stand up for themselves and stand up for their rights.
This was said in Patrick Henry's last sentence of his speech which was him and he was saying that others are fighting wars and saying what do they have to lose and wondering if life and peace is important to them instead of not end up being enslaved and everything they have tried has failed so he wants liberty from Britain or death for fighting for freedom.
Patrick Henry was the big boost to help get the Colonists to fight. The same day the Provincial Congress of Virginia passed a resolution of a militia for self defense. Less then a month after Patrick Henry's speech the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired.