New Embargo Law
My source is a from a newspaper called “The Balance and State Journal” published on January 28, 1809. It was created in the state of New York. The “New Embargo Law: An Act” was created by Joseph Bradley Varnum. Joseph Bradley Varnum was born on 1751 and died in 1821. He was a member of the U.S House of Representatives from Massachusetts. He later was the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. Then finally he became a United States Senator for Massachusetts. In being all these high positions it may shape Joseph Bradley Varnum perspective on the New Embargo Law. Because he was part of the government he has slight biased approach to the Embargo act. Some of the motives for Joseph Bradley Varnum writing this is to inform the people what exactly is the New Embargo Law and how it effects the world around them.
According to Varnum (1809), “…intent to convey the same on board any foreign ship or vessel, within or without the limits of the United States, or with the intent in any other manner to evade the acts to which this act is a supplement”(p.1). In his assertion, Varnum states that there is no foreign trade allowing engaging American ships. Which eventually led to the war of 1812 between the United States and Great Britain. Joseph Bradley Varnum is extremely useful in telling the past and what was going on during that time period. He wrote the New Embargo Law 3 years before the historical war of 1812. Varnum also describes how the people were living during the time period. This is important because it gives us a sense of what is happening during this time period.
Joseph Varnum was in position to have very reliable knowledge to the New Embargo act because he was the speaker of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts during the time he wrote this. J.B Varnum did not have any real reason to avoid telling the truth because in the column he wrote, he wrote to inform the people on what the current situation is...