US Economic History 2 — Interstate Commerce & the Constitution
The Constitution’s Interstate Commerce clause was supposed to liberate American markets. Video created with the Bill of Rights Institute to help students ace their exams.
This is the second video in a series of nine with Professor Brian Domitrovic, which aim to be a resource for students studying for US History exams, and to provide a survey of different (and sometimes opposing) viewpoints on key episodes in U.S. economic history. How do you think we did?
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The more I learn about the economic conditions surrounding the era in which The US Constitution was written the more I have come to see as having been intended to be the blue print for a free trade organization and defense partnership. The fact that it eventually became a step towards our modern bloated bureaucracy may be because those terms did not yet exist when it was written.
So because we couldn’t negotiate our own treaties with other states, we have the monstrosity of the “Interstate Commerce” clause wielded by a bloated federal government.