Struggles to Learn Patrick Henry's Great Speech
I first memorized the speech way back in 1976 as part of a Bicentennial TV documentary done by historians of the Revolution in Washington State. I've delivered it from memory in class and for friends many times, but I've grown a bit rusty, and this fall I "cheated" and used notes for some of the speech. That afternoon after class while taking a walk through the rolling wheat fields outside of Cheney I practiced the speech in my mind over and over. And that is when the theme of this little film came to mind.
Yesterday, I ventured out onto a wheat field road with two students, Cory Carpenter and Jake Shelley, to make this little film about the trials and triumphs of putting the memory to work on a famous speech.
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-- "Patrick Henry's 'Liberty or Death' from the Revolution to the Classroom"