Overview

Learn about the history of the Ohio Constitution with this before and after lesson that looks at the original 1802 state constitution and the major changes made in the 1851 version. Students will explore the two documents and identify the differences and explain why some elements underwent significant change. They will also learn about the 1912 amendment process that continued the updating of the document.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Identify the problems that followed from the 1802 Ohio Constitution
  • Explain how the 1851 Constitution addressed these problems
  • Analyze maps to explain why the traveling Supreme Court requirement became impractical
  • Describe the changes in how officials were selected between 1802 and 1851

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