Free with Museum admission; all ages
Presidents, Supreme Court Justices, and elected officials started as members of school debate teams! Come and meet our future elected officials in the NYC Urban Debate League’s first annual Elementary School Championship. Watch these amazing students debate on their prepared topics, and stay for a more free-form round based on the objects found in the New-York Historical Society. Audience participation and questions are encouraged.
Learn more about the nationally recognized NYC Urban Debate League and find out how to participate in their programs at nycudl.org.
The New-York Historical Society is proud to host this first annual Elementary School Championship, and will be awarding each winning student a copy of American Hero: John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States by David Bruce Smith.
American Hero: John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States by David Bruce Smith
John Marshall is a man worth knowing. After a rural boyhood, he fought in the Revolutionary War alongside General George Washington, became a successful lawyer, congressman, and Secretary of State, and was eventually appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, a post he held for 34 years. In this capacity, he almost single-handedly transformed the Supreme Court into the powerful branch of government we know today.