• The Supremacy Clause: McCulloch v. Maryland
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    The Supremacy Clause: McCulloch v. Maryland

    [♪♪♪] – The supremacy clause is a funny name for a very basic concept in our Constitution. – The supremacy clause was very important to the project of building a nation out of what had been very separate states. – It’s called the supremacy clause because it tells you what the supreme authority in our legal system is. – Right here in Article VI, it says, “This Constitution, and the laws of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land.” – The supremacy clause essentially put everyone on notice and everyone agreed because they ratified the Constitution that we would be one country. – Above everything, the…

  • McCulloch v. Maryland Summary | quimbee.com
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    McCulloch v. Maryland Summary | quimbee.com

    – [Narrator] McCulloch versus Maryland may appear to be an old esoteric case about bank charters and taxes. But it’s really about a power struggle of constitutional proportions between the States and the Federal Government. The consequences of that struggle continue to reverberate today. In 1816, Congress passed an act that created the Bank of the United States. A year later, the bank opened a branch in Maryland. To take a shot at the new, all-powerful federal government, Maryland passed an act in 1818 that imposed a $15,000 annual tax on all out-of-state banks operating in the State. The act appeared neutral on the service, but it practically targeted the…