The case Munn v. Illinois, using the provisions of the police power derived from the tenth amendment to the Constitution of the United States, was a pivotal case involving the government versus the individual in regards to their rights in economic matters. The 1877 ruling held ...
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...the Supreme Court, during the time in and around the Great Depression, valued the commerce clause and the police power above the contract clause. The aforementioned cases clearly show this bias of siding with the government using these provisions. Could the President’s threat of a “Court-Packing Plan” have forced the Supreme Court to act in this way? It is theoretically possible, but public out lash at Roosevelt’s plan nearly ensured that such a plan would not have come to fruition, and if that is the case, the justices had nothing to fear and no reason to give in to his wishes.
Adkins v. Children’s Hospital (1923).
Constitution of the United States Amendment 14. 1868.
Reprint in “The Civil War and Reconstruction Amendments” Comp. C. Mathie. 2013. 2.
Munn v. Illinois (1877).
National Labor Relations Board v. Jones (1937).
Wickard v. Filburn (1942).
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