Overview

This mini-lesson covers the basics of the Supreme Court’s decision that interpreted the Commerce and Supremacy Clauses of the U.S. Constitution and affirmed the federal government’s superiority with regard to its enumerated powers. Students learn about the dispute between Gibbons and Ogden, the meaning of the Commerce and Supremacy clauses, and who wins when state and federal powers collide.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the Commerce Clause and the Supremacy Clause, and their effect
  • Identify the main arguments put forth in the case.
  • Describe the Supreme Court’s decision and analysis.
  • Identify the impact of the Court’s decision.
  • Determine whether arguments from the case support Gibbons or Ogden

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