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Gag rules

Gag rules, resolutions passed in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1836–40, to prevent discussion in the House of petitions for the abolition of slavery. The rules, which infringed upon the right of petition, were repealed in 1844 as the result of a campaign led by John Quincy Adams and Joshua Giddings.

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