The XYZ Affair and Early American Diplomacy

by  Preservation Virginia

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In the years immediately following the American Revolution, the new United States had to figure out who they were on an international stage and did so through treaties, trade, diplomacy, and both neutrality and war with other countries. How did America emerge in the world following independence? How did American leaders view our future as a world power? With which nations did we get along? With which did we not? This program will explore American diplomacy in the early years of the United States, shaping our young nation, and the role future Chief Justice John Marshall (1755-1835) played in it all. Students will expand their skills through primary source analysis, understanding multiple perspectives of a single event, and making connections across time and place.

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Multipoint: $125.00
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Point to Point: $150.00
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40 min

Target Audience

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

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

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 early diplomacy in the United States.


Students will consider how the United States emerged in the world following independence. 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

WHII.1a, b, c, d, e, f, g; WHII.2a;
VUS.1a, b, c, e, f, g; VUS.2a; VUS.3a, b, c; VUS.4b, e; VUS.5c, d
GOVT.1a, b, c, f; GOVT.12a, b, c