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"The Great Chief Justice" at Home--
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By looking at "The Great Chief Justice" at Home, students will meet John Marshall, who led the U.S. Supreme Court from obscurity and weakness to prominence and power in the early 19th century. Those interested in learning more will find that the Internet offers a variety of interesting materials.

Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (APVA)
The John Marshall House is owned and preserved by the APVA, which operates the historic site as a museum. Visit the APVA Web page for a description of the site and a short biography on John Marshall. Also explore their Web page for information on other APVA properties and for information about their mission as a preservation organization.

The Papers of John Marshall
The Papers of John Marshall is a multivolume project sponsored by The College of William and Mary in Virginia and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture. This is the first edition of the correspondence and papers of John Marshall (1755-1835), the statesman and jurist who served as chief justice of the United States, 1801-1835.

National Register of Historic Places: Oak Hill
The "Journey Through Hallowed Ground" travel itinerary, created by the National Register of Historic Places with state and local partners, features a description and several photographs of Oak Hill, an earlier home of John Marshall.

The National Register of Historic Places online itinerary Richmond showcases various historic sites throughout the city’s past.

Library of Congress: American Memory Collection
Search the American Memory Collection Web page for a variety of historical resources on John Marshall. Included on the Web site are historic photographs of John Marshall and his homes, as well as correspondence regarding several of his cases. For more information, search on related terms such as U.S. Supreme Court, constitution, or the cases mentioned in the lesson such as Dartmouth College v. Virginia.

National Constitution Center:
Constitution Basics & The Constitution in our History

Visit the National Constitution Center Web page to better understand the U.S. Constitution and how it relates to our nation's history and understand the functions and duties of the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Supreme Court justices.

Federal Judicial Center
The History of the Federal Judiciary portion of the Federal Judicial Center’s Web Page presents basic reference information about the history of the federal courts and the judges who have served on the federal courts since 1789, including John Marshall.

U.S. Supreme Court
Visit the U.S. Supreme Court Web page for an overview of the Supreme Court and its constitutional interpretation, traditions, procedures, and members.


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