Patrick Henry’s Lesson on the Need for a Bill of Rights

Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by TJ Martinell

“On June 12, 1788, Patrick Henry spoke during the Virginia Ratifying Convention, reiterating the need for a Bill of Rights in the proposed U.S. Constitution before its adoption. During this speech, he offered a history lesson highlighting the importance of preserving freedom, but he also warned that written guarantees are, by themselves, ineffective. The debate over the Bill of Rights was more nuanced than one might think. While Federalists touting the Constitution argued that the scope of the general government it would create was limited, anti-federalists were reluctant to grant a general government such powers, especially the power of taxation.” (08/02/22)