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    • The Embargo Act of 1807
    • The Background
      • In Europe the Napoleonic wars were underway.
      • From the British came the Orders in Council , and from the French came Napoleon's Continental System .
      • Both of these policies contained laws prohibiting trade with the other nation, or any nation who might be affable to them.
      • Because of this, trade was severely affected in the states even though at this time they were one of the few notably neutral nations to this European conflict.
    • Jefferson's Reasoning
      • Jefferson wanted to avoid war as much as possible because the fact that the navy was weak, due to Jefferson’s anti-navalism, and the army even weaker.
      • But Jefferson understood the nations in Europe depended heavily on the US for raw materials and foodstuffs.
      • He thought if he cut off exports to all the warring nations they would give in and agree to Americas rights.
    • Jefferson’s Reasoning cont.
      • This decision was peculiarly strange considering that Jefferson himself was an anti-federalist and was for little to no government intervention.
      • But as it turned out this ban asserted a rather large amount of government control.
    • The Embargo
      • This act was passed in 1807 and enacted a ban on all trade between the warring nations in Europe and the US.
      • Hoping for the nations to come crawling to America to lift the ban.
    • Bad Idea
      • The Embargo turned out to be not as affective as Jefferson had hoped and it hurt the American economy far more than it did the French or British.
      • For the most part the people hated this act, calling it names such as: O Grab Me, Go Bar ‘Em, and the Dambargo.
      • This act also created drastically increased smuggling and increased unemployment.
    • Embargo Cartoons
    • The Repeal
      • Under the weight of the immense public anger congress passed the Non-Intercourse Act in 1808.
      • This act repealed the previous Embargo and only banned trade with France and Britain.
      • This was passed shortly before Jefferson’s term ended.
      • This Embargo is known as one of the worst decisions of American presidents.
      • And even in the long run this act didn’t prevent war between America and Britain.