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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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Jul 01, 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.


Apr 06, 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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por James B N

Jul 22, 2017

Very interesting course presented in a way that motivates the student to delve further into the subject.

Great fun!!!

por Kimberly R

May 09, 2020

Great information presented in an easy to understand format. I'm actually sad the course only takes 5 weeks!

por Janice O

Apr 26, 2020

I thought the course was excellent - clearly presented and thought provoking! Thank you.

por JOHN Q

Jul 05, 2017

Interesting class regarding one of the real founders of this country. Thanks so much!

por Jamie P

Jun 20, 2019

I already knew a lot about Mr. Henry but with this course I learned so much more.

por Joseph B

Aug 04, 2017

John Ragosta brilliantly sheds light on this critical forgotten founding father.

por Adam L

Aug 07, 2017

Learned a lot about a founding father that I had little knowledge of before.

por Dutch M G

Apr 22, 2020

Excellent. Very informative and a well balanced presentation.

por Sharon S

Apr 03, 2018

Excellent course, most interesting instructor.

por Robert B

Jan 30, 2018

One of the best history classes from Coursera.

por Marek D

Jun 17, 2019

Prof John Ragosta is a great teacher. :)

por Sam S

May 01, 2020

Great Course and great instructor

por Matthew L

Aug 19, 2017

Very interesting and informative.

por Zoe G

Aug 05, 2018

Great material and teacher!

por James S

Apr 27, 2020

Outstanding Course

por Kleber L d S

May 06, 2020


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May 02, 2019


por Jo S

May 23, 2020

Would have enjoyed seeing more of historic sites during lectures.