Summary: Common Purpose Of Revolutionary Speeches

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Common Purpose of Revolutionary Speeches The speeches given during the Revolutionary era seemed to all have one purpose. Patrick Henry talks about it in his speech at the Virginia Convention as well as Thomas Paine in “The Crisis No. 1.” These speakers were trying to relay to all common people to become free from the British. Both of these men in their speeches tried to portray how the British have not helped or changed one bit for freedom or for better living and gave many examples of how. They both also knew that the loyalists would not like what they had to say but kept going through with it anyways hoping for a change in them. In Patrick Henry’s speech he starts off with a respectful appeal because he knows there will be people who will object him but he is going to speak his mind anyways. He states, “But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope that it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen, if, entertaining as I do,…show more content…
He doesn’t start off lightly like Henry did but he does also explain how the British are treating us as the definition of slavery but if people don’t see that, then is slavery even a real thing? He also says “A man can distinguish himself between temper and principle, and I am as confident, as I am the God governs the world, that America will never be happy till she gets clear of foreign dominion.” (Paine 89). With this quote, he is saying that as confident as he is in God, he knows America could never be happy under British rule. Throughout the rest of his speech he gives more details and examples to try to convince the people to join the Patriots
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