America’s Greatest Orator?

For me, the title of America’s Greatest Orator will always be claimed by Patrick Henry.  Those who heard Henry speak said that cold print could only convey a pale shadow of the impact that his speeches had on his hearers.  His greatest and prophetic speech was the one he delivered on March 23, 1775, his “Liberty of Death” speech, with an ending that should be remembered by all Americans:

“It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, “Peace! Peace!” — but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!” (more…)

Published in: on January 15, 2010 at 6:49 am  Comments Off on America’s Greatest Orator?  
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