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Logos in Speech to the Second Virginia Convention

Logos Examples in Speech to the Second Virginia Convention:

Text of Henry's Speech

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"Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess,..."   (Text of Henry's Speech)

By 1775, the thirteen colonies had a population of roughly two and a half million people. Henry implores his audience, as well as all of the colonies to arm themselves. In citing the number of the population, Henry claims that the power and strength of nearly three million people would make the colonies “invincible.” This serves as an appeal to logos because Henry uses facts to determine the feasibility of a successful revolt.

"Shall we try argument? Sir, we have been trying that for the last ten years...."   (Text of Henry's Speech)

In an appeal to logos, Henry states that arguing with the British is no longer possible or pragmatic–the American colonists have been arguing since the imposition of the Stamp Act in 1765 and to no effect. Henry urges his audience to turn away from argument and raise arms instead.

"No, sir, she has none...."   (Text of Henry's Speech)

In an appeal to logos, Henry poses a series of rhetorical questions to his audience, asking them to consider why Great Britain would impose an army and a navy on the colonies if it were not trying to control them. He then employs hypophora by replying to his own rhetorical question, stating that these forces are here for no other purpose than to exert British colonial rule.

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