Congress's power to regulate interstate commerce, granted in the Commerce Clause, is often invoked as justification for laws regulating a wide variety of economic activities. How much power does the Commerce Clause allow the federal government to have over the states? This lesson examines this question by looking at the principle behind this clause, the Founders intentions, and how the Supreme Court has interpreted the clause throughout American History.
Handout A: How Has the Supreme Court Interpreted the Commerce Clause? (Background Essay)
Handout B: Federalism: For or Against?
Handout C: Commerce Clause Timeline
Primary Source Appendices
Founding Principles for ELL
Vocabulary Scaffolding for ELL