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    A Religious Test in America?: The 1809 Motion to Vacate Jacob Henry’s North Carolina State Legislative Seat—A Re-Evaluation of the Primary Sources


    Tillman, Seth (2021) A Religious Test in America?: The 1809 Motion to Vacate Jacob Henry’s North Carolina State Legislative Seat—A Re-Evaluation of the Primary Sources. The North Carolina historical review, 98 (1). pp. 1-41. ISSN 0029-2494

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    Abstract

    During 1776, but prior to announcing the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress instructed the state legislatures to call conventions to draft constitutions to regularize their local state governments so that each could be administered in the name of the People and absent royal governors and royal officers. North Carolina heeded the revolutionary call—in 1776, it implemented a new constitution with a bill of rights. One interesting feature of the 1776 North Carolina Constitution was that Article 32 imposed a religious test. Article 32 stated: That no person, who shall deny the being of God or the truth of the Protestant religion, or the divine authority either of the Old or New Testaments, or who shall hold religious principles incompatible with the freedom and safety of the State, shall be capable of holding any office or place of trust or profit in the civil department within this State.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Religious Test; America; 1809; Vacate; Jacob Henry; North Carolina; State Legislative; Seat—A Re-Evaluation; Primary Sources;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Law
    Item ID: 13964
    Depositing User: Seth Tillman
    Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2021 16:11
    Journal or Publication Title: The North Carolina historical review
    Refereed: Yes
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