College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Arts in History - Thesis (MA)
Carey M. Roberts
Patrick Henry, John Jay
Greenwood, Nancy Lynn, "Patrick Henry and John Jay: True Patriots and Advocates for Civil and Religious Liberty" (2021). Masters Theses. 823.
Patrick Henry and John Jay had a significant impact in the founding of the United States of America as two of the principal and most influential Founders. They were also among the most public Christians of all the Founding Fathers. Their dedication in their fight for civic and religious freedom as a means to maintaining liberty was well-known. Despite these similarities, they opposed each other on most every major issue. Each envisioned different governments in which to obtain liberty and to keep the American republic. This thesis seeks to explore the differences and similarities between Henry, as a leader of the Anti-Federalists, and Jay, as a leader of the Federalists, in order to highlight some of the major issues throughout the founding period given their close religious similarity when American evangelicalism was in its infancy.