corn law summary

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FBE 462 Protopapadakis This article talks about the Corn Laws in Great Britain during the 1800s. Corn Laws were implemented to protect English landowners and to export corn so they could keep prices low. The Corn Laws caused so much controversy back then because corn was a big part of the British economy and these laws protected the prices in the country. The Corn Laws were passed in 1815 and many people were unhappy about this, especially the working class. Laws like this had protected the British economy for hundreds of years however, and a repeal could have caused serious damage to the economy. Nobody knew what repealing the Corn Laws would mean but according to the author of this article, protectionists argued that without these laws the country would become dependent on foreigners for food which would ultimately threaten national security. After the Corn Law of 1815 was passed, there was much public anger; however this time it was directed towards landlords in particular. The working class were forced to
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