Chapter 2: Origins of American Government
"Patrick HenryAmerican Patriot"
Students have learned about why the colonists grew resentful
of British rule, the ways in which the colonists united to
achieve independence, and the new government they created
following the revolution. In this lesson they will read and
analyze Patrick Henry's famous address at the Second Constitutional
Students will navigate the Colonial Williamsburg Web site
to find the text of Patrick Henry's speech and answer four
questions pertaining to Henry's beliefs and arguments. Then
they will create a poster inciting their fellow colonists
to unite against the British.
- Students will be able to analyze a primary source and
extract the main ideas of the text.
- Students will be able to compare conflict resolution today
with conflict during the colonial period in history.
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- The colonists had petitioned, remonstrated, supplicated,
and prostrated themselves before the thronein other
words, they had begged and pleaded for some resolution.
- He believed that it was one's responsibility to search
for the truth. He said that it was natural for people to
want to shut their eyes and ears to an unpleasant truth,
but he himself wanted to know the whole truth, painful though
it may have been.
- He mentioned the actions of the British over the past
ten years and pointed out that the presence of the British
fleet and armies in the colonies did not indicate that the
British were interested in a peaceful resolution.
- Answers will vary. Students may say that since the colonies
had already tried other peaceful measures, war WAS the only
option left. Conflicts today affect more than just the countries
fighting; they affect the whole world. Therefore the role
of peacekeeping organizations like the United Nations have
become more important.
- Students' posters will vary.