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Or Give Me Death by Ann Rinaldi
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Feb 28, 2008

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We seldom consider the cost paid by the families of the men considered heroes. Patrick Henry worked tirelessly to help guide the colony of Virginia as it moved toward independence. His family suffered from his long absences; it was especially difficult for his wife, Sarah. As a result their daughter, Patsy, ended up caring for the children and the plantation, including the slaves. Patsy describes her mother’s decline into mental illness, the restlessness of her family’s slaves, and her own resentment toward her family.

Rinaldi accurately portrays the difficulties of daily life in the colonies. She captures the precariousness of life and the hardships endured by the colonists. This sobering account does not portray Patrick Henry in a particularly good light. His devotion to the American cause is unquestioned but his benign neglect of his family is heart-breaking.
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Emma i am 13 and i loved this book. its a great book, now, i have a really hard time finding a book that i really like and actually want to read. then i found this book. this is a great story and im not into history, and im still not but this book doesnt make you feel like youre reading about the past. just some one thats having troubles in life, like most people. i deffinatley recomend this book to anyone. it really grabs the reader and sometimes makes you feel like youre in the story.

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