In 1824, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the power to regulate interstate commerce was provided to Congress by the commerce clause of the Constitution (found in Article I, Section 8). The case involved determining whether a congressionally approved federal license or a state-supported license took precedence in operating steamboats between New York and New Jersey. Through the case, Chief Justice John Marshall and the Supreme Court made a classic statement of nationalism—finding that competing steamboat operators were protected by a federal ...

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