The Free-Trade Doctrine and Commercial Diplomacy of Condy Raguet

67 Pages Posted: 13 May 2011 Last revised: 16 May 2011

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Stephen Meardon

Bowdoin College - Department of Economics

Date Written: May 11, 2011

Abstract

Condy Raguet (1784-1842) was the first Chargé d’Affaires from the United States to Brazil and a conspicuous author of political economy from the 1820s to the early 1840s. He contributed to the era’s free-trade doctrine as editor of influential periodicals, most notably The Banner of the Constitution. Before leading the free-trade cause, however, he was poised to negotiate a reciprocity treaty between the United States and Brazil, acting under the authority of Secretary of State and protectionist apostle Henry Clay. Raguet’s career and ideas provide a window into the uncertain relationship of reciprocity to the cause of free trade.

Keywords: Condy Raguet, Free Trade, Reciprocity, Trade Agreements, Brazil

JEL Classification: B31, F13, N41

Suggested Citation

Meardon, Stephen J., The Free-Trade Doctrine and Commercial Diplomacy of Condy Raguet (May 11, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1838083 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1838083

Stephen J. Meardon (Contact Author)

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