Patrick Henry: A Forgotten Legacy

Fellowships  •  History

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities

145 Ednam Drive Charlottesville, VA

Join us as VFH Fellow John Ragosta speaks to why Patrick Henry’s legacy has been largely forgotten or, more accurately, suppressed.

While Henry is remembered as a great orator and firebrand, this fails to do justice to his role in launching the American Revolution as well as his critical role as the leading anti-federalist in opposition to the U.S. Constitution and in support of a Bill of Rights.

In 1799, Henry came out of retirement to oppose Thomas Jefferson’s radical states’ rights agenda; had Henry lived, Jefferson almost certainly would not have been elected president. Instead, with Henry’s premature death, Jefferson and his supporters spent decades denigrating his memory.

This talk is free and open to the public.