Chapter 4 - Constitutional Law for Business and E-Commerce

Chapter 4- - andECommerce TO UNDERSTAND AMERICAN BUSINESS LAW REQUIRES AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE U.S CONSTITUTION CHAPTER4 ChapterObjectives 2

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TO UNDERSTAND AMERICAN BUSINESS LAW REQUIRES AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION CHAPTER 4 Constitutional Law for Business  and E-Commerce
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Chapter Objectives Ch. 4 - Constitutional Law for Business and E- Commerce 2 Federal form of government State vs. federal government Constitutional basis for federal regulatory action Key amendment provisions
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Web Applications Ch. 4 - Constitutional Law for Business and E- Commerce 3 U.S. Constitution  www.findlaw.com/casecode/constitution/  
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Constitutional Law Ch. 4 - Constitutional Law for Business and E- Commerce 4 The nature of American government  prior to  the Constitutional  Convention of 1787: A national government had been established pursuant to the Articles  of Confederation, November, 1777.  It mimicked earlier attempts  from the 1640’s to unify New England plantations.   Still at war with Britain, the colonists were not eager for a large,  national government.  But, there was a need for unity during  wartime.   But, it was a weak document because it did not address the needs  for a centralized government with jurisdiction over states. Problems:  need for a common currency, articles lacked the  authority to make states work together to solve mutual problems,  conflicting taxations systems and need for a common defense and  transportation systems. 
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Timeline Ch. 4 - Constitutional Law for Business and E- Commerce 5 In need of money, Britain’s  Parliament imposes taxes on its  American colonies  e. g. Stamp Act of 1765 Crises erupt such as the 1770  Boston Massacre (baited  British regulars fire into  civilian crowd). Boston Tea Party of 1773  protested taxation of tea  imported into colonies In 1775 War with England  begins.  
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Timeline (cont.) Ch. 4 - Constitutional Law for Business and E- Commerce 6 Tensions increase so that Declaration  of Independence signed July 4, 1776  (i.e. why we celebrate the Fourth of  July).  War ends October, 1781 with Treaty of  Paris. States pursue ideas of national  government stated in Articles of  Confederation with Constitutional  Convention in 1787.  Originally convened to amend the  Articles, a new plan of government  emerges:  the Constitution. 
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Frustrated with our complex legal system? Ch. 4 - Constitutional Law for Business and E- Commerce 7 Look to the Constitutional Convention’s  compromises. Do states with smaller populations have as much  say as larger states? Prohibition of foreign slave trade.
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Chapter 4- - andECommerce TO UNDERSTAND AMERICAN BUSINESS LAW REQUIRES AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE U.S CONSTITUTION CHAPTER4 ChapterObjectives 2

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