Patrick Henry and Revolutionary Rhetoric

by  Preservation Virginia

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Patrick Henry is known as the “Orator of the Revolution,” having fought the war for independence more prominently with his quill and his word than with a sword. What was so impactful about Henry’s 1775 “Liberty or Death” speech given at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia? What does rhetoric mean to a movement? What other kinds of rhetoric inspired revolution against Great Britain?

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Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Literacy, Reading, Social Studies/History

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Preservation Virginia

Richmond, VA
United States

Founded in 1889, Preservation Virginia is the country's oldest statewide historic preservation group. In addition to engaging in extensive advocacy work and helping preserve historic structures and places across the Commonwealth, Preservation Virginia also owns, operates, and interprets six historic sites across the state. These historic sites include Historic Jamestowne (1609, Jamestown), Bacon's Castle (1665, Surry), Patrick Henry's Scotchtown (1719, Hanover), Smith's Fort Plantation (1763, Surry), John Marshall House (1790, Richmond), and Cape Henry Lighthouse (1791, Virginia Beach). Visit our website to learn more about our preservation efforts, visiting our historic sites, and more! 

Meika Downey

Program Details


Using Patrick Henry's Scotchtown history as a lens, this program will use visual aids, primary sources, historic objects, and Q&A to explore and examine the history of three primary examples of revolutionary rhetoric which helped ignited rebellion in the American colonies.


Students will consider three primary examples of revolutionary rhetoric which helped ignited rebellion in the American colonies. Students will exercise skills in primary source analysis, historical inquiry, critical thinking, connecting past to present, and evaluating change over time.

Standards Alignment

State Standards

VS.1a, b, c, d, e, f, g; VS.4e; VS.5a, b;
USI.1a, b, c, d, e, f, g; USI.5d, e; USI.6a, b, c, d;
VUS.1a, b, c, e, f, g; VUS.3a, b, c; VUS.4b, c, d, e; VUS.5a;