Debating the Nation: Ratifying the U.S. Constitution

by  Preservation Virginia

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What did it take to create the US Constitution and make it law in 1789? What was important to various Americans in the formation of this new government? Whose voices counted in the heated debate over the Constitution, and who was left out?

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40 minutes

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Education: Grade(s) 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Homeschool/Family , Learning Pod

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

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Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

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Preservation Virginia

Richmond, VA
United States

Founded in 1889, Preservation Virginia is the country's oldest statewide historic preservation group. In addition to engaging in extensive advocacy work and helping preserve historic structures and places across the Commonwealth, Preservation Virginia also owns, operates, and interprets six historic sites across the state. These historic sites include Historic Jamestowne (1609, Jamestown), Bacon's Castle (1665, Surry), Patrick Henry's Scotchtown (1719, Hanover), Smith's Fort Plantation (1763, Surry), John Marshall House (1790, Richmond), and Cape Henry Lighthouse (1791, Virginia Beach). Visit our website to learn more about our preservation efforts, visiting our historic sites, and more! 

Meika Downey

Program Details


Using the John Marshall House–the 1790 home of our 4th Supreme Court Chief Justice–as a lens, this program will use visual aids, primary sources, historic objects, and Q&A to explore and examine the debate and ratification of the proposed US Constitution.


Students will understand the ratification process of the proposed US Constitution, and the positions of key leaders on both sides of the debate. Students will consider the position of both Virginia and New York as key states on the line, and will place Richmond and future Chief Justice John Marshall’s role in arguing for the Constitution in Virginia.Students will exercise skills in primary source analysis, historical inquiry, critical thinking, connecting past to present, and evaluating change over time.

Standards Alignment

State Standards

CE.1a, b, c; CE.2b, c; CE.3b; CE.5a, b; CE.6a, b; CE.7a, b;
US.1a, b, c, d, e, f, g; USI.7a, b;
VUS.1a, b, c, e, f, g; VUS.4b, e; VUS.5a, b, c, d;
GOVT.1a, b, c; GOVT.4a, b, c, d; GOVT.5a, b, d; GOVT.7b; GOVT.11a, b, d, e;