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    Filed at 12:53 pm under by dcobranchi

    US News & World Report is running a poll to determine the most influential documents in American history. You can vote for up to 10 of the listed 100 documents.

    Some of their nominees seem a bit odd. For instance, I’d never even heard of “Gibbons v Ogden,” and the description doesn’t makes it sound terribly important.

    This Supreme Court decision forbade states from enacting any legislation that would interfere with Congress’s right to regulate commerce among the separate states.

    2 Responses to “AN INTERESTING “POLL””

    Comment by
    Joe Mizell
    September 23rd, 2003
    at 1:28 pm

    The decision is important because the “commerce clause” of the Constitution has been used to
    subvert the 10th Amendment. By broadly interpreting
    all kinds of actions and activities to be considered as engaging in interstate commerce, the federal govt. can assert jurisdiction in areas not originally intended by the framers.

    Comment by
    September 23rd, 2003
    at 7:30 pm

    I think the interstate commerce thing was used to start putting an end to child labor in 1937.