CourtSpeak: Kidd v. Pearson Interstate Commerce Alcohol Case (1888)

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Chapter The Fuller Court (1888–1910)

Justice Lucius C. Q. Lamar (unanimous): “No distinction is more popular to the common mind, or more clearly expressed in economic and political literature, than that between manufactures and commerce. Manufacture is transformation—the fashioning of raw materials into a change of form for use. The functions of commerce are different. The buying and selling and the transportation incidental thereto constitute commerce; and the regulation of commerce in the constitutional sense embraces the regulation at least of such transportation.”


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