The crisis of 1825, following so hard on the heels of Huskisson’s tariff reforms, served to give even greater prominence to an issue that was already a source of deep divisions in and out of parliament, reform (or repeal) of the Corn Laws. The result was an intense and lengthy debate extending through to 1828, a debate which almost completely anticipated that of the late 1830s when the Anti-Corn Law League was formed. As the historian of the English Corn Laws, Donald Grove Barnes, writes:

The whole question was thrashed out in these years and practically every argument used for and against Corn Laws later was put forward at this time. The League simply carried on a more intensive, better organized and more widely-distributed propaganda than did the opposition in the eighteen-twenties.1


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  1. 1.
    D. G. Barnes, A History of the English Corn Laws from 1660–1846 (1930) ( New York: Kelley, 1961 ) 216.Google Scholar
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    C. R. Fay, The Corn Laws and Social England (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1932 ) 84–5. See also B. Hilton, op. cit., 200–2.Google Scholar
  3. 45.
    Samuel Hollander, ‘Ricardo and the Corn Laws: a revision’, History of Political Economy 9,1 (Spring 1977) 7.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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  • Barry Gordon
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  1. 1.University of NewcastleAustralia

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