The Powerful Insurrection Act of 1807

When one realizes the Insurrection Act was written in 1807, we had been an independent country for just 24 years. The British still maintained forts on U.S. soil in the Northwest Territories and were instigating the Native Americans against the United States. They were impressing U.S. sailors into the Royal Navy and seizing our ships carrying goods to countries fighting England during the Napoleonic Wars. Our leaders felt the pressure of domestic as well as international threats. President Jefferson and Congress wanted to give the president the power to use military force if necessary to suppress a rebellion.

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