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Constitution Thursday


Constitution Thursday
41 MIN2013 JAN 25
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In February of 1810, the British cargo brig, Aurora, found herself impounded and her cargo seized in New Orleans as a consequence of a Congressional action that made sense, but like so much of what Congress did (and does) contained more than it seemed at face value. In short, the Congress passed a law in 1809 that said that Britain and France were violating US neutrality on the open ocean by seizing US vessels and cargos. To that end, the law they passed made it legal for the US to seize and impound British and French cargos and vessels IF – and that is the most important part – the President decided after a certain date that Britain and France had not mended their ways.