After the Civil War, Congress grew increasingly assertive and also became more concerned with how it organized itself as a legislative body. This period was marked by clashes over the powers of party bosses, the proper role of Speakers of the House, and the influence committees and committee chairs over the progress of legislation.
 
Lesson plan PDF includes all handouts:
Handout A: Background Essay
Handout B: Timeline of Changing Commerce Powers of Congress
Handout C: Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution
Handout D: Excerpts from U.S. v. Darby Lumber (1941)
Handout E: Excerpts from U.S. v. Lopez (1995)
Handout F: Interpreting Commerce Laws
Handout G: Homestead Act of 1862
Handout H: Affordable Care Act of 2010
Handout I: Comparing Laws
Answer Key
Introductory Essay Founding Principles, Virtues, and Glossary
 
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