McCulloch V. Maryland 1819 Essay

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“…It may with great reason be contended, that a government, entrusted with such ample powers…must also be entrusted with ample means for their execution. The power being given, it is the interest of the nation to facilitate its execution…” ("Landmark Cases of the U.S. Supreme Court") The Constitution of the United States gives Congress the powers to do things such as coin money, regulate trade, declare war, and establish post offices. Therefore, to trust the national government with such great powers means to trust them with how to execute them as well. Congress is also given enumerated powers, which are implied powers through the Constitution. If a specific power is not listed in the Constitution, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the …show more content…
("Landmark Cases of the U.S. Supreme Court") Many people were against a national bank because they questioned how much power should actually be in the hands of the government, especially when it involves their money. Therefore, the people were split with two options, either side with Alexander Hamilton who believed in a supreme national government and the establishment of the bank, or leaders like Thomas Jefferson who was a states’ rights advocate and favored a limited government with no power to establish a national bank. ("Landmark Cases of the U.S. Supreme Court") The United States’ Constitution had just been ratified in 1787 after achieving American independence from Great Britain in 1776. However, Great Britain had so much control over America before that that the people of the United States worried about the amount of national power given to the government of their new country after independence; the people did not want a setback. The first Bank of the United States failed and the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, did not renew the bank’s charter during the years of his presidency (1801-1809 due to this problem. ("Landmark Cases of the U.S. Supreme Court") James Madison recommended to Congress that America could use the establishment of a second Bank of the United States during the War of 1812 because of inflation. Nevertheless, Congress proposed Madison’s suggestion in 1816 with the help of Article 1

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