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Why was John Marshall's desire to strengthen the federal government so important during the early years of the nation?

  • Civics -

    In order to fulfill the Constitutional goals for all U.S. citizens, it is necessary to have a strong federal government. A loose coalition of independent states can't guarantee these rights to all U.S. citizens.

  • Civics -

    Thanks. I have just one more question.
    Why do you think John Marshall is described as the "Great Chief Justice."
    Would this sound like a good answer: He's served longer than any other chief justice in history.

  • Civics -

    No. That's a pretty weak reason for calling him a Great Chief Justice.

    Read the first couple of paragraphs in this article to see why he earned that title.

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