Today in History: Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry before the Virginia House of Burgesses May 30, 1765
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 image set

Patrick Henry correspondence

Patrick Henry books & other texts

Patrick Henry historical newspaper coverage through 1799

Patrick Henry posthumous historical newspaper mentions

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