McCulloch v. Maryland

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  • How has the Supreme Court reinforced the Constitution's requirement for a strong federal government? Can the states interfere with or tax the legitimate activities of the federal government? This unpopular decision dealt a blow to states' rights by reaffirming the validity of the federal government to charter a bank (in Maryland) and striking down the state's attempts to tax this federally established institution.


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  • Congress Charters a Bank (3:06) -- State Bank vs. Federal Bank (3:20) -- State's Right to Tax Federal Bank (2:16) -- Constitutionality of Federal Bank (4:28) -- Supreme Court's Deliberation Over Federal Bank (4:15) -- Government's Implied Rights Under the Constitution (2:33) -- States' Rights Loses Some Powers to Federal Government (3:20) -- Chief Justice: Interpretation of the Constitution (2:18) -- Central Authority of Federal Government (1:23)
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