Handout I: Commerce Clause Timeline
- Use the Background Essay from Handout H: How Has the Supreme Court Interpreted the Commerce Clause? and other sources as needed to evaluate the laws and Supreme Court decisions listed below. In the graph, place a dot and the corresponding number for each of the events listed. Then draw a line to connect the dots, indicating the historical trend with respect to the power of the national government based on the Commerce Clause events.
- On the lines at the bottom of the page, respond to these questions: How do you think Tocqueville would evaluate these changes in the scope of federal power? To what extent do you think the growth of the national government’s power is a positive development? Be sure to frame your response by referring to constitutional principles such as representative government, consent of the governed, separation of powers, federalism, individual rights, and limited government.