John Jay’s Founding Constitutionalism and Defense of National Interest with Jonathan Den Hartog
What unique contributions did the various Founders make to liberty and constitutional self-governance? BRI’s new “American Founders” Scholar Talk Series seeks to answer this and other questions. In this episode, Jonathan Den Hartog, History Department Chair at Samford University, chats with BRI Fellow Tony Williams. Together, they discuss Founder John Jay, his advancements to self-government in America, his commitment to public service, crucial diplomatic negotiations, and strong anti-slavery views. What were some ways that Jay advanced liberty and self-governance through his strong constitutionalist and republican beliefs?
John Jay (1745-1829)
In this lesson, students will study the life of John Jay. They will learn about the significance of Jay's Treaty, Jay's efforts to abolish slavery on a state and national level, his political roles during and after the Revolutionary period, and much more.
The Federalist Papers (1787-1788)
After the Constitution was completed during the summer of 1787, the work of ratifying it (or approving it) began. As the Constitution itself required, 3/4ths of the states would have to approve the new Constitution before it would go into effect for those ratifying states.