Henry's Resolutions Against the Stamp Act
Give Me Liberty
Or Give Me Death
Declaration of Rights
People? or We The States?
Henry Mayer, Son of Thunder: Patrick Henry and the
American Republic (New York, 1986, 1991) Reliable
and most recent full-length biography.
Mark Couvillon, Patrick Henry's Virginia: A Guide to
the Homes and Sites in the Life of an American Patriot (Patrick
Henry Memorial Foundation, 2001) Definitive guide to the places
Patrick Henry lived and worked: available from the Museum
Shop at Red Hill.
Robert Douthat Meade, Patrick Henry: Patriot in the
Making (Philadelphia and New York, 1957). First volume
of somewhat dated but thoroughly detailed biography.
Robert Douthat Meade, Patrick Henry: Practical Revolutionary
(Philadelphia and New York, 1969). Second volume of
somewhat dated but thoroughly detailed biography.
George Morgan, The True Patrick Henry (Philadelphia,
1907) Reprinted in 1929 and in the 1990s, has many details
of "family tradition"; appendices include transcriptions of
Samuel Meredith's and Spencer Roane's recollections as well
as Henry's will and estate inventory.
William Wirt Henry, ed., Patrick Henry: Life Correspondence
and Speeches (3 vols. New York, 1891) Valuable, though
dated, three-volume collection of texts and commentary. Also
available on searchable CD from the Museum Shop at Red Hill.
Amy Kukla and Jon Kukla, Patrick Henry: Voice of the
Revolution (New York, 2001). An accurate biography
written at the fifth-grade reading level.
David A. McCants, Patrick Henry, The Orator, Great American
Orators, no. 8 (New York and Westport, Conn., Greenwood
Press, 1990). In the appendixes to this study of Henry's oratory,
McCants publishes reliable texts for several of Henry's major
Henry Reade McIlwaine, ed., Official Letters of the
Governors of the State of Virginia, vol. 1, The Letters of
Patrick Henry (Richmond, 1926). Valuable documentation
of Henry's first three terms as governor, 1776-1779, selected
from the state archives at the Library of Virginia. The papers
from Henry's two terms as governor in the 1780s remain unpublished.
John P. Kaminski et al., eds. Documentary History of
the Ratification of the Constitution, Ratification of the
Constitution by the States, vols. 8-10, Virginia (Madison,
Wis., 1988-1993) This modern edition is the definitive documentary
source for the ratification of the Constitution. Vols. 8-10
deal with Virginia. It supplants the following earlier sources
for the Virginia convention debates of 1788:
David Robertson, comp., Debates and other proceedings
of the Convention of Virginia, : convened at Richmond,
on Monday the 2d day of June, 1788, for the purpose of deliberating
on the Constitution recommended by the grand Federal convention.
To which is prefixed, the federal Constitution (3 vols., Petersburg,
1788-89; 2d ed, 1805).
Jonathan Elliot, The debates, resolutions, and other
proceedings, in convention, on the adoption of the federal
Constitution, as recommended by the general convention at
Philadelphia, on the 17th of September, 1787: with
the yeas and nays on the decision of the main question. Collected
and revised, from contemporary publications (4 vols., Washington,
1827-30, and subsequent editions). Virginia is in vol. 3.
Hugh Blair Grigsby, The History of the Virginia Convention
of 1788 (2 vols., Richmond, 1890). Old account of
the ratification contest, useful for information about participants.
Edmund Randolph, History of Virginia (Arthur
H. Shaffer, ed., Virginia Historical Society Documents, 9
[Charlottesville, 1970]). Valuable history of the American
Revolution in Virginia written by an insider and participant
who in 1786 succeeded Patrick Henry as governor. Attributes
articles 15 and 16 of the Virginia Declaration of Rights to
William J. Van Schreeven, Robert L. Scribner, and Brent Tarter,
eds., Revolutionary Virginia: The Road to Independence
(7 vols., Charlottesville, 1973-1983). Best complete documentation
for the coming of the American Revolution in Virginia, 1763-1776.
Patrick Henry in the Virginia Standards
Information about the Revolution in Virginia is available
on-line from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation :
Politics in the Revolution
Virginia Gazette – a searchable resource
Virginia Politics in the Revolution
of the Revolutionary War
Information about many events in Patrick Henry’s career
is available on-line at the American Memory website of the
Library of Congress:
Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789
Religious Petitions, 1774-1802
Timeline of the American Revolution
of Revolutionary America
Lawmaking for the New Nation
Books, information and images of Virginia history are available
at the websites of the Library of Virginia and the Virginia
of Virginia Main Catalogue
Historical Society Main Catalogue
2014 - Spring Newsletter
2013 - Winter Newsletter
2013 - Summer Newsletter
2013 - Spring Newsletter
2012 - Spring Newsletter