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What were the two issues in McCulloch v. Maryland?

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There were two main issues in the McCulloch v Maryland case. The federal government had created a national banking system in order to have a more orderly and stable financial system. This case was really a test regarding the power of the federal government. Many people believed that the federal government didn’t have the power to create the national bank. In Maryland, the state government taxed the national bank, which the bank refused to pay. As a result, this case went to court and eventually ended up in the Supreme Court.

There were two questions that the Supreme Court needed to review. Was the national bank legal and could a state levy taxes on a federal institution such as the national bank? The Supreme Court issued a ruling in 1819 that stated several things. First, it said that the federal government was within its powers to create a national bank. It also said that the states could not tax the federal government or its institutions. This ruling basically stated that a loose...

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