Virginia: Patrick Henry


Did anyone else always find Patrick Henry to be the coolest guy ever?  I always admired him when I was in school and thought he was one of the most interesting founding fathers.  And then when I went to Williamsburg a few years ago I found more to admire about him.


Did you know he didn’t agree with how our government ended up with, and because of that he felt it wasn’t right that he should be involved in any federal office despite being asked to several times?


Reading this book I learned more things about him, for instance he has no head for business.  He ran two stores and one farm into the ground, but he’s a great lawyer.



I was trying to think of a good thing to do for what we learned about him, and came up with a simple booklet that we cut the top half in thirds, so it was a flap book.  On each different flap we wrote something he tried his hand at and if he did well or not.


The kids remembered how he did surprisingly well for it being a fairly complicated book for their age.  Sometimes I’m amazed at how much they remember about these books.

11 thoughts on “Virginia: Patrick Henry

  1. I didn't know much about Patrick Henry either. 🙂 And you're right, it is AMAZING how much kids can remember from books. I'm always fascinated by the facts they can recall, especially if it is from a book they didn't seem to be paying that much attention to!

  2. He is one of the very few people I remember reading about when I was in school- I also thought he was very cool. I'll have to pull that book off my shelves. My kids are actually old for it (probably), but I always find children's books work well for learning at any age- at least as a jumping off point.

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