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Patrick Henry v. Thomas Jefferson: The Crisis of Union That Died in 1799

Charlottesville, VA

(434) 982-4491

  • Presented By: UVA Lifetime Learning
  • Dates: March 9, 2021
  • Time: 3:00 PM
  • Price: Free With RSVP:


John Ragosta, a fellow at Virginia Humanities and author of Patrick Henry: Proclaiming a Revolution (Routledge Press, 2016), will begin this talk at the end. He will look at Patrick Henry’s final political speech and campaign—when he defended the community’s right to decide issues at the ballot box and under the Constitution—and why that speech and campaign were not simply forgotten, but intentionally suppressed. If you study Patrick Henry, having a sense of how his story ends may assist you in seeing patterns and context. His life presaged what he would become, although many of the signs were missed or forgotten—making Patrick Henry, in many ways, a “Forgotten Founder.” RSVP REQUIRED