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Breaking Barriers to Trade

Breaking Barriers to Trade

The Congress shall have Power To regulate Commerce…

Article I, Section 8, Constitution of the United States

America has grown from a nation of farmers to a nation of industry. Congress has played a key role by securing American trade from pirates on the high seas; building canals for shipping goods, and creating financial policies that made it easier for Americans to participate in the exchange of goods and services. These documents illustrate the growth and development of American trade.