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Marbury v. Madison

Two centuries later, explore the enduring legacy of Marbury v. Madison (1803) and what judicial review is.

Teach students the significance of Marbury v. Madison which establishes the concept of judicial review. Five lessons are designed to be taught as stand-alone lessons or in a series. By the end of the unit, students will understand "power, authority, and governance." 


At the end of the lesson students will be able to:

  • Present the basic facts of Marbury v. Madison and place it in historical context.
  • Evaluate arguments for and against the power of judicial review.
  • Understand that judicial review is crucial to the U.S. system of checks and balances.
  • Explain the lasting impact of Marbury v. Madison.

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