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Theme 2: Taxes in U.S. HistoryLesson 1: Evolution of Taxation in the Constitution


Activity 1: Taxation and the U.S. Constitution
The U.S. Constitution.

One of the goals of the Constitutional Convention was to make taxation a federal power. Before this time, the power to tax was given only to individual states. Compare the taxation powers listed in the Articles of Confederation with those listed in the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8. What are the pros and cons of each system?

Examine the Articles of Confederation and the U.S. Constitution.

Match each power granted to the federal government by choosing the document that gives this power from the drop-down menu. To assess your answers, click the Check My Answers button at the bottom of the page.


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