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Liberty or Death

2007
56m
Documentary/History
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Cast

Kevin McGranahan (Patrick Henry)Mike Wells (Edmund Pendleton)Steve Hawkins (Benjamin Harrison)Gerry Notare (Richard Henry Lee)John Tucker (Thomas Nelson Jr.)Christopher D. Dunn (John Tazewell)Bill Young (Robert Carter Nicholas)Woody Robertson (Peyton Randolph)Bob Murphy (Thomas Jefferson)Kevin Grantz (George Washington)Bruce Gray (Reverend Miles Seldon)Mike Holland (Delegate)Beau Marie (Delegate)Carson Hudson (Delegate)Bob Hufford (Delegate)Doug Robelen (Delegate)Jerry Long (Delegate)Scott Wichmann (Delegate)

Director

Paul Tait Roberts

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Synopsis

To avoid interference from the royal governor of the colony and his marines, the Second Virginia Convention met in Richmond, Virginia on March 20, 1775 to discuss recent proceedings at the First Continental Congress. The meeting turned into a debate over whether or not to arm the colony to resist British forces whose numbers were steadily increasing in North America. Many members preferred to adopt conciliatory measures, but Patrick Henry delivered an impassioned speech, arguing Virginia needed a "well-regulated militia." It was imperative, he declared, that the colony be prepared to oppose King George III. He ended his oration with the phrase: "Give me liberty or give me death!" This documentary, filmed at site of the original convention, provides the historical context for the debates and recreates the most important speeches delivered during the meeting, concluding with Henry's famous address.

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