They relented, for instance, on the principle of impressment
of Americans at sea.
its justification for the war" without any criticism and excuses the fact that America had gained nothing from the War by stating that the cabinet believed "that the nation had upheld its honor by resisting impressment
" whereas earlier he makes the astonishing argument that "many of the Republican leaders who called for war" hoped to stop the "consequences of rapid and destabilising economic change.
Many issues over which the war had been fought were not addressed in the treaty, such as British blockades and impressments
, these having ended with the defeat of Napoleon.
It appears that Adams nonetheless used the constitutional arguments strategically in negotiations with the British to avoid the more sensitive topic of impressment
Choate (history, the College of Coastal Georgia) presents personal accounts by 13 men who survived impressments
. The narratives, excerpts from published autobiographical accounts, are interwoven with the editor's comments.
Martinez's forthcoming study of slave impressments
in Virginia and North Carolina will make a good start on this topic.
(23) The Massachusetts Constitution of 1780 (24) and the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 (25) both had takings clauses that used language suggesting concern with impressments
of goods by the military, and the relevant early caselaw (the most relevant history) supports the reading that the clauses were limited to physical seizures.
The prominence of discussions of impressments
in the 1812 London Times argues for the earlier date, which also accords with EBB's recollection of her first poetic efforts: "At four I first mounted Pegasus but at six I thought myself priviledged to show off feats of horsemanship (BC, 1:349).
In addition, U.S.-British relations became more troubled as Britain stepped up impressments
Under the treaty, American ships suspected of carrying supplies to Britain's enemies were still subject to interdiction by British naval ships, and Jay's treaty also failed to resolve the issue of impressments
of American sailors.
President James Madison told Congress that the US was fighting for 'freedom of the seas' against British impressments
of American mariners, and British incitement of Native Americans against the US on its western frontiers.