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Book Review: Patrick Henry, Patriot and Statesman

Patrick Henry: Patriot and Statesman, by Norine Dickson Campbell. 1969. The Devin-Adair Company, Old Greenwich, Connecticut 06870, 439 pages of text with index. Reviewed by Robert Miller, member of Chalcedon Presbyterian Church and founder of Libertas and the Committee for the Memorial to the Victims of Communism.

Patrick Henry ( 1736~ 1799) was, without any doubt, the greatest statesman orator of our nation's revolutionary period. He was from Virginia, that state which, along with Massachusetts, gave young America so many of its great founding spirits and intellects. It is always difficult to convey the power and dynamism of a great orator to someone who has never heard the individual in person. And to place the orator properly in the context of his times is perhaps even more difficult.