The Marshall Court


President Thomas Jefferson and Chief Justice John Marshall had different ideas about how government in the United States should operate. You will learn more about the backgrounds of these two men as well as about some of the important decisions handed down by the Supreme Court when Marshall was chief justice. 


Your task is to research the different backgrounds of Jefferson and Marshall and then look at important court cases that the Supreme Court heard under Marshall and see how they impacted the balance of power with government. 


1. Research the backgrounds of Thomas Jefferson and John Marshall. The links below will provide some information, but you may have to look at other sources to answer all the questions. Fill in the chart on the Google doc. 

Thomas Jefferson:

OPTIONAL: Take a virtual tour of Jefferson's home at Monticello.

John Marshall:

2. Click on the links for each of the following cases below to watch a video explaining the court case. Answer the questions on the Google doc. 

Marbury v. Madison 

McCulloch v. Maryland

Gibbons v. Ogden 

3. Imagine that Twitter existed in 1803 when the Marbury v. Madison decision was handed down. Using the template that has been shared with you, write one tweet each from the perspective of John Marshall and Thomas Jefferson on how they would have viewed judicial review. Remember to fill in a username and a picture for each account. 

Look at the examples of tweets from politicians below if you need help getting started. 

Congress passed (and President Trump signed) a tax reform bill at the end of 2017. Bernie Sanders ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016 and is a US Senator from Vermont. Paul Ryan is a Republican in the House of Representatives. Look at the different views Sanders and Ryan had on the same law.