Today in History–May 29–the Library of Congress features colonial politician Patrick Henry, born on this day in 1736. Henry subscribed to the political theory that humans are born with certain inalienable rights, an idea that is central to the Declaration of Independence, and was renowned for his speaking abilities. Learn more about this fiery orator by visiting the Today in History section, then clicking the links below to access related primary sources.
Patrick Henry Was Born from America’s Library
Patrick Henry historical newspaper coverage through 1799
Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death! 1913 dramatization of speech by Patrick Henry
Historical Scene Investigation – The U.S. Constitution: “I Smelt a Rat” primary source learning activity