"Give me liberty, or give me death!" Shirt
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From Patrick Henry's inspirational speech to the Second Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775, at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia.
The shirt: Your choice of fabrics and colors:
- 100% cotton Made in the USA shirt in Dark grey. Grown, knitted, dyed, and sewn in the USA. 4.4 oz Your best choice if you're looking for a 100% Made in the USA shirt. S- 4X. See size chart.
Our standard 4.3 oz. 100% Cotton shirt in Light olive. S - 3X. See size chart.
Important note: The text, on this Light olive shirt is very subtle. If you want a design that stands out, please choose the dark grey.
Note that the $3 price difference for the 100% cotton Made in the USA shirt is our higher wholesale cost; there is no additional margin.
Historical Background Behind the Design
In 1775 unrest bubbled through the American Colonies. Britain had severely restricted Massachusetts through the Intolerable Acts; towns were voting to boycott British goods, and British soldiers were becoming a common sight in the American Colonies.
The American Colonies were attempting to negotiate with British in 1775, and many of Henry’s fellow delegates wanted to wait until these negotiations were completed before taking action. But Henry felt that delay would be a major mistake. On March 23, 1775, he asked the Virginia Convention to take a defensive stance immediately against Great Britain by raising an armed company in every Virginia county. His speech reflected language and actions far more radical that his fellow delegates were willing to go in public, but Henry based his request upon the assumption that even more aggressive military actions by the British would soon follow.
Twenty-seven days after this speech was delivered, the Battles of Lexington and Concord proved Henry correct.
Learn more about the history behind this design here.
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All original designs are copyrighted by The History List
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Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death shirt is as always meeting my expectations. Quality and customer service is always good!! Thanks!!
I love this tee shirt. It is the perfect gift for my son who is hard to buy for. You can never have too many tees and The History List tees are unique and fun! Always a quality product.
As a Patrick Henry lover and biographer, this shirt was meant for me! I wrote the scene of these words in the room where it happened, and can't wait to wear it there when I visit Historic St. John's Church next time. I was thrilled when my friend "Mrs. Patrick Henry" (Tami Schumann) contacted you guys about making this shirt - she had hers on when we dined in Williamsburg a few weeks ago. So it's a hit historically as well as in comfort and oh-so-huzzah-henry style. Thanks for using my pic on your Instagram page - that was fun! :)