Article I, Section 10

No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.

No State shall, without the Consent of the Congress, lay any Imposts or Duties on Imports or Exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing it’s inspection Laws: and the net Produce of all Duties and Imposts, laid by any State on Imports or Exports, shall be for the Use of the Treasury of the United States; and all such Laws shall be subject to the Revision and Controul of the Congress.

No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as will not admit of delay.

Published on October 25, 2011 at 12:45 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. In my opinion, the goal of this article was to prevent one state from becoming too strong. It also established the Congress’ powers because their consent was needed in performing tasks such as laying imposts or duties on imports or exports as well as when engaging in war or making an agreement with another state or with a foreign power. All the states were given the same priveledges and had to follow the same orders. It states that no state can enter into a treaty, alliance or confederation nor make any type of currency of money on their own. Congress was trying to establish that the states were basically joined together and could not perform certain functions that would effect the rest of states as a whole. They learned from the mistakes that the colonies had made in the past. Since this article is trying to establish that all of the states were supposed to do everything in the same manner, I think that it contradicted itself pertaining to the idea of slavery which of course is not mentioned.At this time slavery was illegal in some states and legal in others. The states should should have worked together to ban slavery overall.


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