Gibbons v. Ogden (1824) (Middle School)

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This landmark case from 1824 tackled the following question: Does the Constitution’s Commerce Clause give Congress the power to pass laws about interstate movement and to strike down any state laws that affect the interstate flow of people and goods?

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