Mr. Jefferson’s Embargo

The Embargo of 1807 was an attempt to keep US merchant ships out of harm’s way. Outlawing international trade, however, had a devastating effect on the economy, especially in New England. The Jefferson administration’s heavy-handed policing of merchants led some to claim that the President was on the road to becoming a tyrant.

This cartoon from 1807 mocks the embargo.

1807 Cartoon

1807 Cartoon
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Questions for consideration:

  1. Why does the man with the barrel (which contains gunpowder) mention the “ograbme” (hint: spell it backward)?
  2. From what region of the United States might this cartoon have originated? Why?
  3. What political party might the creator have supported? Why?