Constitutionality of a Central Bank

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Students learn about McCulloch v. Maryland, a case decided in 1819 over (1) whether the state of Maryland had the right to tax the Second Bank of the United States and (2) whether Congress had violated the Constitution in establishing the Bank. Students also review the expressed powers of Congress identified in the Constitution and analyze how Congress implements the necessary and proper (elastic) clause to enact its expressed powers. Finally, students use their knowledge of McCulloch v. Maryland and the necessary and proper clause to consider the constitutionality of the Federal Reserve System.

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Audience:   High School, Middle School
Language:   English
Subjects:   Civics/Government, History, Economics
Resource Types:   Primary Source Documents, Lessons
Concepts:   Federal Reserve System-functions
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