The Nullification Crisis

The Nullification Crisis
Julia & Ryan
History 4B
❖ From 1828 to 1834
❖ Caused mainly by an economic downturn during the
❖ Affected mainly South Carolina
❖ President Andrew Jackson
❖ Two Crises
➢ Tariff of 1828
➢ Compromise Tariff of 1832
Tariff of 1828
❖ Known as the Tariff of Abomination.
❖ Approved by President John Adams on May 19,1828.
❖ Was to protect Northern and Western agricultural
products from competition of foreign imports.
❖ The resulting tax on foreign goods rose the cost of living
in the South.
❖ Cut into the profits of New England’s industrialists.
Vice President Calhoun
❖ Supported the Tariff of 1816 but changed his position if he was to have a
political future in South Carolina
❖ Anonymously penned the South Carolina Exposition and Protest,
articulation the doctrine of nullification.
❖ Claimed that the federal import duties were actually a tax on the
Southern planters
❖ Throughout his vice presidency Calhoun found that he was politically
isolated from national affairs under President Jackson.
❖ December 28,1832 he resigned as vice president.
❖ Linked their opposition of the tariff to a proslavery position
❖ Argued that the North intended to interfere with the institution of
slavery by impoverishing the South.
❖ After Calhoun resigned his leitenutes from South carolina formed the
States Rights and Free Trade Party to implement nullification.
❖ Upon Nullification South Carolina found itself isolated from the nation.
❖ Nullification crystallized South Carolina’s early ideological commitment
to slavery and southern nationalism.
❖ Northern States stood to profit greatly from the tariff.
❖ “Their object in the tariff is to keep down foreign
competition, in order to obtain a monopoly of the
domestic market ….” (Calhoun).
❖ In response to the Nullification Crisis in 1828 Congress
nullified the law in South Carolina. Then president
Jackson signed the Compromised Tariff of 1832.
Jackson Nullification
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President Jackson
❖ Tariff passed before
❖ Valued the Union
❖ Issued Nullification Proclamation
❖ Proposed Force Bill
Force Bill of 1833
❖ “Bloody Bill”
❖ Developed by Congress
❖ Gave power to enforce law
❖ Tariff of 1832 failed to pass
❖ Tariff of 1833 (Clay’s Compromise)
➢ Nullified Force Bill
➢ Gradually decreased Tariff
❖ Not liked by Southerners
Southern Media
Cartoon drawn during the
nullification controversy
showing the manufacturing
North getting fat at Southern
Credit: Library of Congress,
Washington, D.C.
Crisis to War
❖ South Carolina willing to leave
❖ More political tension and division
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