Chapter 8 Republican Ascendancy: The Jeffersonian Vision

A. Embargo Divides the Nation

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A. Embargo Divides the Nation

In 1807, Congress prohibited American ships from leaving port. Jefferson

reasoned that France and England needed American goods so badly that they

would quickly agree to respect American rights. The Embargo, however, proved

to be unpopular at home. In order to enforce it, the government supervised

commerce in minute detail, and when smuggling became commonplace, Jefferson sent in the army. New Englanders especially resented the Embargo because it destroyed their economy. Worse, it did not hurt England. In 1809, the Embargo was repealed.

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