Painting of Patrick Henry's "If this be treason, make the most of it!" speech against the Stamp Act of 1765 (Peter F. Rothermel (1817–1895))

If This Be Treason, Make the Most of It


In 1756, Patrick Henry attacked the Stamp Act and Parliament’s authority to tax the colonists – while suggesting that George III risked Julius Caesar’s fate if he disregarded American liberty – in a famous speech delivered to the Virginia House of Burgesses. The caption beneath the engraved Rothermell scene quotes a portion of Henry’s speech,…