The Embargo Act Of 1807: Thomas Jefferson's History

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The Embargo Act of 1807
Thomas Jefferson’s History Thomas Jefferson had an interesting life growing up. Peter Jefferson, Thomas’s father, was the third or fourth settler in the United States in the year of 1737. Peter Jefferson, immigrated from Wales to America in 1737 (Jefferson with lots of fresh detail, 2012). Thomas’s father’s education was neglected when he was a child but he had a strong mind, sound judgment and he was eager to learn more information about anything. He didn’t care what it was about he just wanted to self teach himself. He also read and forced himself to learn everything on his own. Thomas’s father didn’t want his son to be the same way so he started Thomas in school at the age of five. He began attending the school of Reverend James Maury. He continued school with Reverend Maury for two years before transferring to William and Mary at the age of 17 (Graff, 1968). In 1762, Thomas returned to Europe in 1767, he started practicing law. He continued to practice law until the Revolution shut down the courts of justice. Jefferson quickly learned the reforming principals that guided his career.
He moved back to the United States and lived in the mountains
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Jefferson wanted to let Britain and France know that they could not run rapid and do whatever they wanted. He then came up with these provisions: First, there would be an embargo on all American merchant ships, prohibiting foreign trade. Second, American ships would not receive permission to sail to foreign ports. Third, the President could make exceptions to the embargo as he saw fit. Fourth, the President could also enforce the embargo using the Navy and revenue officers. Fifth, ships trading between the United State ports had to have bonds to make sure they were honest and engaged in legitimate trade. Sixth, the embargo would not apply to any warship (Smith, 1976). The provisions were strict but they were made to help and avoid

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