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1170GIBBONS V. OGDENGIBBONS V. OGDEN1979color36 min16mm (Equal Justice under Law series, Part 3) Who has the authority to regulate commerce--the states or Congress? In this precedent-setting case, which linked states' authority to license steamboats in Federal waters with the seemingly unrelated issue of slavery, Chief Justice John Marshall interpreted the Constitution to give the Federal Government the duty to determine the rules of commerce, thereby laying the foundation for an American "common market" nearly a century before Europe enjoyed it. (Deposited by the U. S. Supreme Court)