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how did the ruling in Gibbons vs ogden extend federal poer over the states


The Supreme Court in Gibbons v. Ogden recognized Congresses authority under the Constitution to regulate interstate commerce.  The court took a broad definition of the term to allow the Federal government to regulate even items in commerce within a state that had passed or would pass between States.  Under the constitution, federal laws always overrule contradictory State laws.  Therefore, this ruling permitted Congress to overrule any state law on any good or activity involving interstate commerce.

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Michael Troy


I can answer just about any question on early American History. My specialties are the American Revolution through the Civil War/Reconstruction. I also have greater expertise in matters relating to military, political or legal history.


I have lectured at George Washington University regarding the Civil War, as well as several elementary school Civil War demonstrations. I was also a member of a Civil War reenactment group for about 10 years.


J.D. University of Michigan B.A. George Washington University

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