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The Early Years

The Early Years

Review the early Supreme Court decisions interpreting the Commerce Clause and Congress’s power thereunder, focusing on the direct effects and stream of commerce theories.


Welcome to the video on the early years of Commerce Clause jurisprudence. You may be wondering why we're dedicating an entire video to old cases, instead of just skipping right to modern doctrine. There are two reasons: first, you'll have a better understanding of the modern doctrine once you know the foundation it’s built on, and second, these older doctrines have a way of creeping up on constitutional law exams. Be on the lookout for test questions that specify a particular theory you...

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