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British parliament votes to repeal the Corn Laws

England and Wales, 1857, zoomable map
In a controversial move towards free trade, the British parliament voted to repeal the Corn Laws, a series of traditional measures protecting local agricultural producers and their workers from foreign competition. (By Brian Bockelman)
Source Citation: 
John Powell, ed., Chronology of European History, 15,000 B.C. to 1996 (Pasadena, California: Salem Press, 1997), vol. 2, 846-48.


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