Patrick Henry, Revolution politic
By: Gary Vaidya, Sol Lee, Bahrati Murtty, Zach Grondines
Biography of Patrick Henry
Citizenship of Patrick Henry
Definition- the status of a citizen with rights and duties
Patrick Henry did display citizenship throughout his career. He exercised his duty as a lawyer and politician to improve the lives of the colonials. Henry created the Stamp Act resolution, which implied that colonials has the same rights as the English. This act, along with four other resolutions, aided the colonials thus proving that he effectively did his duty to his fellow colonials. Henry also practiced his right of speech by repeatedly speaking out against the British. He delivered his speech, famously known as "Give me liberty of give me death!", in 1775 which proved that he wielded his right of free speech as a weapon against the English.
The definition of integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. Patrick Henry had a strong integrity within him because of he was passionate of helping the common people.
In 1763, he realized that he wanted to help the common people. He stood up to church officials who filed a lawsuit against their church members by defending them in court. He defended them because he believed they were being pushed around by the church officials. He claimed that the British government was encouraging the church officials' behavior.
Another example of his integrity was his kindness to his dementia-stricken wife. When his family moved to a Schotchtown plantation in Hanover County, Sarah was having terrible dreams and started showing dangerous behavior towards her family. She became dangerous enough that she had to be clothed in a Quaker Shirt, a kind of straight jacket. Henry's physician suggested that he take her to a public hospital in Williamsburg but after Henry inspected the facilities, he declined. He said that he didn't want his wife to be locked in a windowless brick. Instead, he prepared a living arrangement for her in the basement of their plantation. This two-room apartment had a window in each room and a fireplace for warmth. Instead of letting his wife spend her days of insanity in a windowless brick, he provided her a proper place to stay comfortably until she died the following year.