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Written with a sympathetic eye, the author, a fellow Virginian, does much service in educating modern readers of the greatness of Patrick Henry, one of our most eloquent and bedrock founding fathers!
More than a biography of Patrick Henry, this book intertwines his life with the forming of the country, highlighting areas of interest that I have not looked at from the point of view of a Southern slave owner and resident of Virginia which at that time had a claim to lands as distant as present Wisconsin. The author does an admiral job of presenting the states rights perspective and contrasting it with the Federalists. In addition it attempts to illuminate Henry's admittedly inadequate justification for continuing slavery while recognizing its inherent wrongness. Although it seems to a non historian to be at times overly detailed in a somewhat academic style the detail serves to give a feel of completeness to the work.