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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
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An intertitle states that the delegates moved to St John's Church in Richmond, but in the following scene, when the delegates are shown leaving the church, the sign on the door reads "St. Paul's Church." See more »
these guys never envisioned Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Hamilton"
It's going to be harder to take the Academy Award-winning "Give Me Liberty" seriously in the 21st century, since the characters declare that they don't want to live under slavery, even though many of them owned slaves. Patrick Henry's GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH sounds good until you learn that he tried to stop slaves from joining the British army (since the British promised the slaves freedom). Sure enough, the only black person in the movie is George Washington's servant who always obeys his master.
If the short has any upside, it's the focus on democracy.* I guess that nowadays we're used to learning about the Founding Fathers from Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Hamilton" (I haven't seen it but I've heard a lot about it). Obviously, there was a lot more to the US's early history than what the Founding Fathers did. I guess that the movie's worth seeing, even though we're going to interpret it differently than how it got intended.
*Occasional, people will try to talk about what's legal as a form of appeal to authority, but don't forget that the anti-monarchy, pro-democracy pronouncements from Washington, Jefferson, etc, were illegal.
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