42. What was unusual about the Embargo Act of 1807?
a. It was in response to a British embargo imposed after a British ship sank an American ship—an odd set of circumstances, to say the least.
b. The Republican majority in Congress passed it and Jefferson vetoed it, but he was overridden for the only time in his presidency.
c. It stopped all American vessels from sailing to foreign ports—an amazing use of federal power, especially by a president supposedly dedicated to a weak central government.
d. It would hurt France more than Great Britain, and Jefferson was ardently pro-French.
e. It persuaded the British to agree to American terms, even though Great Britain had not been a target of the Embargo Act.