Patrick Henry’s radical advocacy of independence is not his only legacy, as Harlow Giles Unger observes in “Lion of Liberty,” his vivid biography of the Virginia firebrand. A foe of a strong national government who fought against ratification of the federal Constitution, Henry helped bring about the addition of the Bill of Rights. And his championing of states’ rights had less fortunate reverberations down through the decades.
I (Lisa) just finished this book and recommend it highly. Henry predicted that ratification of the constitution would lead to tyranny. He warned that the Constitution relied on us selecting leaders of good character, which clearly has not always happened.
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