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Federal v. Consolidated Government: Patrick Henry, Virginia Ratifying Convention
"Founding Father" Patrick Henry gave a moving speech before the Virginia Ratifying Convention in 1788, as the commonwealth tried to decide whether to approve the U.S. Constitution. In his speech, Henry voiced many concerns about adopting a federal government system versus keeping power with individual states. What did he think would happen to the rights of state and local governments if the U.S. constitution was ratified? Were his concerns justified?
Source: Patrick Henry, "Federal v. Consolidated Government: Patrick Henry, Virginia Ratifying Convention," University of Chicago (accessed March 16, 2009).