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The Slave Trade Acts.  We rendered our colonies uncompetitive at a stroke and spent a fortune compensating slave owners and patrolling the seas to prevent other nations trading in slaves (admittedly the last thing put our trade back on equal terms, but imagine any government taking that kind of economic risk over a moral issue today).
by Sassafras on Sun Jan 21st, 2007 at 03:12:34 PM EST

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