Updated: 10/30/2019

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  • I am passing the Embargo Act which prohibits American Ships from trading in Foreign Ports.
  • On December 22 of 1807, President Thomas Jefferson signed the Embargo Act.
  • We make our money by shipping and trading. if the embargo is not lifted, it would be the duty of states and individuals to nullify such a damaging law.
  • The Embargo Act of 1807 would help the United States by demonstrating to Britain and France their dependence on American goods, convincing them to respect American neutrality and stop impressing American seamen.
  • British would kidnap US sailors and force them to join their Royal Navy. 
  • We made fortunes in shipping. The embargo is both a mistake and a disaster. It is our duty to nullify such a damaging law, and if Jefferson doesn't remove this embargo, we shall start our talks of a civil war.
  • This embargo is needed in order to stop the impressment of US sailors. Many sailors are being forced into the Royal Navy, so this embargo is safest for them. Besides, under the embargo many US industries are prospering such as paper mills, gun factories, blast furnaces and forges, tanneries, and distilleries.
  • To get rid of the Embargo Act, I am passing the Non-Intercourse Act which will reopen trade to all nations except England and France.