What is Patrick Henry's opinion of the previous speakers in his Virginia Convention speech?
Quick answer:When Patrick Henry begins his speech to the Virginia Convention, he first praises the men who spoke before him. He considers them patriots and calls them "worthy gentlemen." After stating that he does not want to seem disrespectful toward those with whom he disagrees, Henry then begins to provide reasons for his disagreeing with his predecessors. He states that "we"--implying that he's talking about the other delegates--"are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth." Thus, he views the other delegates as men who are living in denial of what must be done. Later, Henry is more direct and argues that those opposed to raising a militia are naive.
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