In the wake of the American Revolution, not all battles were fought on a field. When Patrick Henry came out of retirement in 1799, he did so to defend the Constitution that he had once opposed and to thwart Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, whom George Washington accused of putting party over country and threatening the fragile union. 

For the People, For the Country: Patrick Henry’s Final Political Battle tells the remarkable story of how the most eloquent public speaker of the American Revolutionary era and a leading antifederalist during debates over ratification of the Constitution reemerged on the side of the federalists and once again changed history.

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