The Spirit of ‘76: John Marshall, the Revolution, and the New Nation

by  Preservation Virginia

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This 40 minute virtual program will explore the origins and rhetoric of the American Revolution, why a young John Marshall eagerly enlisted to serve, and stories and impacts from his time fighting for independence. This educator-led program will also discuss political planning in the new nation. Exercising skills in historical inquiry, primary source analysis, spatial understanding and reasoning, and critical thinking, students will consider why, how, and for whom America’s founding generation debated the future of the country.

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Multipoint: $150.00
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Point to Point: $150.00
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40 min

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Adult Learners, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons, Library Staff

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

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

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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 who causes and impacts of the American Revolution and creating the American nation.


Students will review the primary causes of the American Revolution, consider the role of revolutionary rhetoric in the war and their own time, and contemplate what our founders needed to do after independence was won. 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

VS.1a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h; VS.4e; VS.5a, b, c, d; VS.6a, b;
CE.1a, b, f; CE.2a, b, c; CE.3b; CE.5a, b; CE.6.a, b, c, d; CE.9a, b; CE.10a
US.1a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h; USI.5d, e; USI.6a, b, c, d; USI.7a, b, c;
WHII.1a, b, c, d, e, f, g; WHII.4a, b, c; WHII.5e
GOVT1.a, b, c, d, f; GOVT.2a; GOVT.4a, b, c; GOVT.5a, b, d; GOVT.7a, b; GOVT10.a, b