Impressment can be defined by being the act of coercing someone into government service.

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Impressment connects to Jefferson because he reacted to Britain using impressment to take Americans off ships and force them into becoming soldiers for Britain by Jefferson issuing an embargo and not allowing American ships to travel to other countries to trade with them.


This picture represents impressment because this is how the sailors felt when they got the news of the British impressing them to work as soldiers in the the British and French war in Jefferson’s presidency.

Photo courtesy:http://linuxlock.blogspot.com/


When the British used impressment against American sailors then Thomas Jefferson made an embargo where American ships couldn’t leave or trade with other countries. But this was not good for America. This is sort of like something that happened at the high school. At lunchtime, there were kids hanging out smoking and swearing and littering in peoples’ yards who live by the school. So the school said kids had to stay inside for lunch. But then they had a problem because there were too many kids inside without enough space for lunch. This is sort of like when one country did something wrong against another then the firstcountry did something bad back, but then it didn’t turn out okay for that country.
The link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=oLT5-aXJzy0#at=103


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I learned a lot about impressment from this page! I think you guys did a great job! -reginaandevelyn
I felt like I understood this term more than I did before because you explained it very well! - Isabelle