Dr. John Ridpath has another excellent lecture (1 hour 11 minutes; given February 12, 2004) on the life and character of Patrick Henry, entitled “In the Dawn’s Early Light: Patrick Henry—Beacon for America.” (Requires RealPlayer.) The lecture is summarized as follows:
On Presidents’ Day we honor some of the great men who contributed to the struggle to bring a free and secure America into existence, first among these being future Presidents Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Madison. Among the other founding heroes, one man stands out. This man—whom Jefferson once described as the first man on this continent—was Patrick Henry. From his first appearance on the stage of the founding drama, in 1765, to his last fiery appearance, in 1799, Patrick Henry stood as a beacon of integrity, fighting to guide the young America to safe harbor. © 2004 Ayn Rand Institute. All rights reserved. Reproduction or linking is prohibited.I am waiting to hear what this “linking is prohibited” clause means. I asked a few days ago, but have not heard anything yet. Since Independence Day is here, I’ll go ahead and post this, but I might end up deleting or altering the post, depending on what I hear from ARI.