Case Study : The Steam Boat Engine Essay

1128 Words Oct 8th, 2015 5 Pages
Summary of the case: In 1824 a primary mode of transportation across waters was the steam boat. These were boats powered by steam engines. Aaron Ogden would travel back and forth from New Jersey to New York. The state of New York gave Aaron an exclusive license to run ferry boats between the states. Thomas Gibbons was also a steam boat operator who ran two steamboat ferries on the same route. Ogden filed a lawsuit against Gibbons. Ogden stated that, he was given exclusive rights to operating the route. Gibbons responded back that he could use the route because of the 1793 act of Congress relating to adjusting trade on the ocean. In 1743 James Fitch patented the steam boat engine. Steamboats were used to carry people and goods from place to place. The steamboat was the first of its kind and first of its kind with a steam engine to power a boat to carry people and products at the speed up to five miles per hour. These boats were today 's airplane mode of transportation. Even though a steam boat could not cross oceans like airplanes can, the boat can still move between states very efficiently. When Ogden took Gibbons to court, the case involved Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. This section identified as the Commerce Clause. The Commerce Clause is when Congress has the power to regulate trade between the nations, the states, and indian tribes. Gibbons ' side of the case in federal court defended that his license superseded any New York regulation.The Commerce…

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