The Declaration of Independence and Patrick Henry’s “Speech in the Virginia Convention” are both powerful arguments for American independence. They both were written or spoken at the time when America was ready to break away from Great Britain. Yet theses two documents differ greatly in many parts, especially their format, content, and persuasive techniques.
The format of Patrick Henry’s “Speech in the Virginia Convention” is a speech. He delivered this speech at the
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the reader in a staccato-like manner.
While these two documents might seem similar since they both try to convince the American people that they should declare their independence, they are different in the stance that they take against Britain. While Thomas Jefferson encourages a peaceful secession, Patrick Henry suggests that they fight for their freedom. In the end, it didn’t matter what the people did as long as they ended up with their independence.