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By Paul A. Gilje

On 2 July 1812, Captain David Porter raised a banner at the USS Essex proclaiming 'a loose exchange and sailors rights', therefore making a political slogan that defined the struggle of 1812. loose exchange demanded the security of yank trade, whereas sailors' rights insisted that the British finish the impressment of seamen from American ships. Repeated for many years in Congress and in taverns, the slogan reminds us this present day that the second one warfare with nice Britain used to be now not a mistake. It used to be a competition for the beliefs of the yank Revolution bringing jointly either the excessive tradition of the Enlightenment to set up a brand new political financial system and the low tradition of the typical folks to claim the equality of humankind. figuring out the struggle of 1812 and the motto that got here to provide an explanation for it – loose exchange and sailors' rights – permits us to higher understand the origins of the yank nation.

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