As I was reviewing Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death” speech I couldn’t help but be amused by the blatant ironic and hypocritical ideology of the American Revolutionists. Discrediting the British parliament’s authority over the American colonies, Patrick Henry famously, yet also melodramatically exclaims, “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!” These are powerful words and represent the ideology and foundation of the American Revolution. Why then, were these words ignored for a large part, especially in the South, once the United States became its own autonomous nation? Why was slavery deemed acceptable when subjection to the British Parliament was not? By allowing the institution of slavery to grow unchecked for large parts of the 19th century, Americans were disregarding the very foundation and essence upon which their nation was founded. Obviously, my comments are made in hindsight and I have a somewhat omniscient view of this hypocrisy. Nonetheless, this blatant disregard for the very essence of the United States really irks me. Now, I don’t like to point readers in a specific direction nor is there ever an absolute answer to a problem, thus, I hope my post fosters a lot of curiosity, and I am very eager to hear what others have to say about this hypocrisy.