George Washington tries to encourage gifted orator Patrick Henry to use his considerable powers to argue the case for colonial independence before the Virginia House of Burgesses, but the lawmaker's promise to his wife initially deters him. When the political climate changes, she eventually gives her consent, and Henry delivers his rousing "Give Me Liberty" speech to an enthusiastic legislature. Written by
Gabe Taverney (email@example.com)
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Vitaphone production reels #7766-7767. See more
The guests at General Washington's house are shown dancing to Beethoven's "Minuet in G," which was not composed until 1796. In fact, Beethoven was only born in 1770, i.e. five years after the events shown at the beginning of the film. See more
Better a glorious death, Peyton, than an inglorious life.
Edited into The Bill of Rights
Minuet in G
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played as dance music at Washington's house See more