Known far and wide as a champion of individual rights Patrick Henry gave the famous speech with the quotable line.
as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?
Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me,
give me liberty, or give me death!"
Ah yes, “give me liberty or give me death.”
Then there was Mrs. Henry, Sarah, who according to Patrick went bats. He kept her in a straightjacket in the basement of their home. One could imagine Sarah muttering over and over. “Give me liberty, I’ll give him death." Perhaps the slave woman assigned to attend Sarah would have helped.