Quick: who said this?
Give me liberty or give me death!
Answer in the extended entry.
Why do I ask? Well, someone named Niall Ferguson has an op-ed in this morning’s L.A. Times, which says:
Longtime Americans take for granted the language and civics tests that would-be Americans have to take. But they’re not easy. One question in the official “Guide to Naturalization” is: “Who said, ‘Give me liberty or give me death?’ ” I had no idea it was Patrick Henry.
At the end of the piece there is a short description of the author of the piece:
Niall Ferguson is a professor of history at Harvard University, and a senior fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
Ah, those infallible Harvard guys.
P.S. I know, I know . . . he’s probably a Brit. But what if I’d given you this quote instead:
[W]e shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender . . .
See? And you’re not even a professor of history at Harvard University!