Experience the American dream with today’s Patriots of the Past interview. I’m your host, John Gillespie.
It’s March 23, 1775. I’m outside St. John’s Church in Richmond where the Second Virginia Convention is in progress. The church is packed and even my press pass won’t get me in. Patrick Henry is in the middle of an impassioned speech against British control. The windows are open. Let’s see if we can hear.
PH: “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!”
Read the full text of Patrick Henry’s powerful speech, “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death.”
John and Jan Gillespie are the founders of the Rawhide Boys’ Ranch; they have fostered 351 teenagers and wrote the book Our 351 Sons; they have also assisted numerous churches in developing youth programs and expanding their total church ministries. After running for U.S. Senate, John founded 1776 American Dream, which exists to demonstrate the vision of our founding fathers and help our generation of youth passionately embrace those values.