Or Give Me Death: A Novel of Patrick Henry's Family

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Aug 1, 2004 - Young Adult Fiction - 240 pages
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Patrick Henry, the famous statesman, has a secret: He keeps his wife in the cellar. Slowly losing her mind, Sarah Henry has become a danger to herself and her children. But daughter Anne has a secret of her own: She knows which child will inherit their mother's madness.

Told from the point of view of the Henry children, this compassionate tale explores the possibility that Patrick Henry's immortal cry of "Give me liberty, or give me death," which roused a nation to arms, was first spoken by his wife as she pleaded for her own freedom.

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User Review  - StephBecker - LibraryThing

I really liked this book! It focuses on Patrick Henry's family and is narrated by one of his daughters. This book is a little dark, but is very entertaining and is hard to put down! This book is great for middle school and would tie into an american revolution lesson. Read full review

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User Review  - ranaemathias - LibraryThing

Patsy, Patrick Henry's eldest daughter, is left to care for the family when her mother goes insane and must be locked up in the cellar for fear she will hurt one of the younger children. Patrick Henry ... Read full review

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Contents

1 SPRING 1771
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16 DECEMBER 1773
17 SEPTEMBER 1774
18 FEBRUARY 1775
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21 APRIL 1775
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Anne
13 FEBRUARY 1773
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23 OCTOBER 9 1777
24 MARCH 1778
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ANN RINALDI is an award-winning author best known for bringing history to life. A self-made writer and a newspaper columnist for twenty-one years, she lives in central New Jersey.

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