The Tariff Laws

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The tariff laws between the late 1828 and 1833 caused people like John C. Calhoun to realize that states should have the right reject laws passed by the federal government. This law forced the South to buy manufactured goods from U.S. manufacturers at a higher price. The southern states also received a reduced income from raw materials they sold to Northern manufacturers. This affected the Southern states economy and made many politicians angry, including Calhoun, the vice president and a politician from South Carolina. Later he wrote a nullification doctrine to express his opinions on the tariff. The nullification crisis greatly affected the growth of states’ rights over federal power. Because of the nullification crisis in South Carolina there were even thoughts of secession in the early 1830’s.
“The Nullification Crisis was a sectional crisis during the presidency of Andrew Jackson that arose when the state of South Carolina attempted to nullify a federal law passed by the United States Congress.” South Carolina’s attempt to counter the law was based on a constitutional theory stated by John C. Calhoun, the vice president and a South Carolina politician. He believed that states had the right to individually, or with other states, refuse to enact any federal law that has been ruled unconstitutional by representatives of the state.
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Calhoun believed that this right was guaranteed by the Constitution. The protective Tariff of 1828 was nicknamed “The Tariff
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