10 Facts About Corn Laws


Corn Laws were tariffs and other trade restrictions on imported food and corn enforced in the United Kingdom between 1815 and 1846.

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Corn Laws enhanced the profits and political power associated with land ownership.

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Corn Laws became the focus of opposition from urban groups who had far less political power than rural areas.

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Corn Laws argued, speciously, that complicated restrictions made it difficult to repeal protectionist laws.

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Corn Laws added, though, that he believed Britain's economic dominance grew in spite of, not because of, the protectionist system.

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Corn Laws said that the Corn Laws would be abolished on 1 February 1849 after three years of gradual reductions of the tariff, leaving only a 1 shilling duty per quarter.

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Corn Laws acted to check the expansion of democracy by ameliorating conditions which could provoke democratic agitation.

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Corn Laws took care to ensure that the concessions would represent no threat to the British constitution.

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Prime Minister at the time, Disraeli, had once been a staunch upholder of the Corn Laws and had predicted ruin for agriculture if they were repealed.

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Corn Laws said that Britain staked its future on continuing to be "the workshop of the world, " as the leading manufacturing nation.

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