The Embargo Act Comic

The Embargo Act Comic

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  • "Embarging" on the Journey to Failure 
  • By: Arunima Gupta
  • The Embargo Act
  • December 22, 1807: President Thomas Jefferson Passes the Embargo Act
  • He is way too happy about this, something is bound to go wrong
  • What is this act even about?
  • My fellow Americans...Due to the sinking of the Chesapeake, impressment of sailors by the British navy, Britain's Orders in Council, and France's Continental System, Congress and I have decided to pass the Embargo Act. 
  • Let the journey beign...
  • Later that evening...
  • Take that you belligerents of Europe!
  • Mr. President, would you explain what this act is exactly for the press?
  • Why yes of course! This act seizes all foreign trade and exports prohibiting American merchants from leaving American ports. My hope is that this is a peaceful approach that will put economic pressure on Britain and they will reconsider their decisions and reconsider violating the rights of neutral nations rather than losing America as a trading partner. 
  • Meanwhile in Britain...
  • My King, news has arrived that the U.S. refuses to trade with our merchants. Thankfully we had a good harvest this year and are not in dire need of anything. 
  • OH MY! Oh well I mean just in case we could just head a little south, South America should do just fine.
  • Embargo Act? More like "Mobrage Act" What am I supposed to do with this oversupply of cotton and tobacco when I have no one to sell it to?
  • That Dambargo Act is hurting commerce in the New England states more than the British and French were! Where will all my ships go? 
  • Not only did I underestimate Britain's determination but the long term effects on the economy! Something must be done...
  • The New England States can not take anymore of this nonsense we would like to secede!!
  • 1809
  • Can't say I told you so...
  • Hopefully the next president can come up with something better because Britain is still screwing with the economy.
  • Americans I stand again before you because the Embargo Act did not do what I had intended. Therefore I find the only option is to repeal it before I step down from presidency. 
  • To be Continued I guess?
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