"The Absolute Destruction of their Interest": New England and Jefferson's Embargo.

Knecht, Rachel Eve.


  • In December 1807, in response to the wars in Europe, President Thomas Jefferson laid a total embargo on American shipping. Within a year, the policy had pushed the United States to the brink of civil war. The embargo inflamed sectional distrust and animosity toward the south in New England; its citizens perceived the embargo to be a southern attack on their regional interests, an effort to subjuga... read more
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