Cyclopædia of Political Science, Political Economy, and the Political History of the United States

Edited by: Lalor, John J.
(?-1899)
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1881
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New York: Maynard, Merrill, and Co.
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1899
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Includes articles by Frédéric Bastiat, Gustave de Molinari, Henry George, J. B. Say, Francis A. Walker, and more.
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BLUE LIGHT

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BLUE LIGHT (IN U. S. HISTORY). In 1813 Decatur attempted, on several dark nights, to get to sea with his two frigates from the blockaded port of New London. On each occasion, as he claimed, he was prevented by signals made with blue lights at the harbor mouth, to warn the British fleet to be upon the alert. The story spread, and all opponents of the war, in New England and elsewhere, were stigmatized as "blue light federalists."

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—See 6 Hildreth's United States, 467.

A. J.

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