Definition: Commercial Compromise and Commerce Clause
Northern states wanted a tax on imports and exports.
The Southern states wanted a tax on imports, but not exports,
as they exported a lot of farm goods.
compromise gave the federal government the power to tax
imports but not exports. This tax on imports is referred to as
Sometimes the term
customs-duties is used instead.
regulation of trade can be found in the
Commerce Clause, where Congress is given the power to regulate
commerce between the states, with foreign nations, and with
Native American tribes. Controlling interstate commerce is a
major component of federalism (explained this chapter).
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