Feb. 11 – Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
The National Road has contributed much to the economic, transportation and cultural history of the United States. It also influenced its constitutional history. It did so by serving as the context for a legal battle over the scope of power in the Constitution to tax (and spend) to provide for the general welfare of the United States (Article I, Section 8, Clause 1). This aspect of the National Road saga is depicted in a book that I wrote, “The National Road and the Difficult Path to Sustainable National Investment,” (University of Delaware Press; The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc., 2011).