APUSH John Marshall Comic

APUSH John Marshall Comic
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Multi-paneled strip describing the case Dartmouth College v. Woodward.

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  • Thus Mr. Wheelock, we, the Board of Trustees, have decided to fire you from the position of President of Dartmouth University.
  • NOO! Hmph! I'll get my revenge somehow!
  • The complaint submitted by Woodward for Wheelock present a good opportunity. If we, the state legislature, can successfully change the charter of Dartmouth, we could simultaneously change Dartmouth to conform to Democratic-Republican objectives while removing the pesky Federalists on the existing Board.
  • Yes, Mr. Marshall.
  • So, Mr. Woodward, the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth college is suing you for replacing them.
  • So, in summation, the fact the state went against the private contract, the charter, of the university, is inherently unconstitutional.
  • Thank you, Mr. Webster.
  • In conclusion, because the state government itself commissioned the charter, the state has the power to transform the university into a public institution.
  • Thank you, Mr. Woodward.
  • In a 5-to-1 vote, the court rules that states have no right to interfere in the obligations of a contract between two parties pertaining to a private or public corporation. Because the charter counts as a contract, the state legislature cannot interfere with its obligations. Thus, in any case, a government has no right to interfere in any contractual obligations of any company, public or private.
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