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Henry and the Constitution

Henry's statesmanship did not end with the Revolution and achievement of independence. While recognizing the need to augment the financial resources of the confederation congress, he was critical of the extensive powers given to the central government by the Constitution of 1787. He was adamant in his demand for the protection of basic individual liberties. Henry's speeches in the Virginia Convention of 1788 testify to his insistence that American freedom required a Bill of Rights.

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