The federal government was made strong in just a few roles. In Article 1, Section 8, the Constitution assigns enumerated powers to the federal government. These powers include levying and collecting taxes, borrowing, issuing currency, declaring and making war, raising a militia to prosecute wars, putting down insurrections, conducting foreign diplomacy, and regulating foreign, interstate, and tribal commerce.
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Image: Drawing of the elevation of the White House by James Hoban, 1792; in the Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore.