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Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death

by Patrick Henry

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Grade 3-6-- "Average" is the best way to describe these biographies. In eight short chapters, Fradin adequately covers the basics, with limited details and some oversimplification. The writing is occasionally awkward, and the use of colloquial expressions (e.g. "picked on" and "telling off") is jarring and out of place in historical biography. Original black-and-white drawings and historical reproductions illustrate the texts. Wayne's Women with a Cause (Garrard, 1975) contains a chapter on Anne Hutchinson, which is fictionalized and contains many factual errors. In King Philip , Fradin identifies clearly what is and isn't known about Philip, as opposed to Cwiklik in King Philip and the War with the Colonists (Silver Burdett, 1989), which uses considerable fictionalizing and is very pro-Indian. Cwiklik's book, however, has better maps and is more interesting and attractive than Fradin's. Sabin's Patrick Henry (Troll , 1982) concentrates on Henry's boyhood and his two famous speeches, with some fictionalizing and factual errors. Fritz' lively and humorous Where Was Patrick Henry on the 29th of May? (Coward, 1975) focuses on the interesting stories and doesn't attempt to cover all the facts. Anne Hutchinson is a worthwhile purchase as it covers material not readily available elsewhere. The other two books are marginal purchases. --Ann W. Moore, formerly at Lane Road Library, Columbus, OH
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Follows the life of the Virginia lawmaker and politician, known for his stirring speeches and eloquent writing.



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