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The Commerce Clause and the Expanding Powers of Congress

by Bill of Rights Institute EDUCATING INDIVIDUALS about THE CONSTITUTION

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.
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The Constitutional Powers of Congress

by Bill of Rights Institute EDUCATING INDIVIDUALS about THE CONSTITUTION

In the early republic, Congress was a colorful, exciting, unpredictable, and contentious branch of the United States government. The members constantly quarreled but often deliberated and compromised through persuasive oratory and rational conversation. Congress was divided by party and sectionalism, but was guided through these difficulties by legislative statesmen. The Congress continued to function as the undisputed law making body of the people of the United States. Even during some of its most tumultuous years, from 1789 until the outbreak of the Civil War in 1860, the Congress effectively governed the nation.
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A link to the Interactive Constitution that allows users to explore Article I of the U.S. Constitution to learn more about the legislative branch.
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