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Faculty Mentors

Dr. Janet Clark

Abstract

Justice, domestic tranquility, a common defense and the blessings of liberty are all established by the Constitution of the United States of America. Without the Revolutionary War, these blessings of liberty would have been crushed under the heel of the British Empire; and without Patrick Henry and his address to the Virginia House of Burgesses on March 23, 1775, there would not have been a Revolution, and there certainly would not have been any semblance of the United States of America. Through his unique use of style, rhetorical questions, and emotional appeal Patrick Henry’s speech “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” stands as one of the greatest rhetorical contributions to freedom and liberty of the 18th century.

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