Why Was Patrick Henry's Speech Important?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 5, 2020 11:24:10 PM ET
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Patrick Henry's famous "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death" speech was the beginning of the Bill of Right's 2nd Amendment "Right to Bear Arms." Patrick Henry fought against Lord Dunmore, the Royal Governor of Virginia, when Dunmore ordered all the gunpowder taken away from local patriot forces.