South Carolina Exposition And Protest Essay

739 Words Nov 13th, 2016 3 Pages
Over many years, beginning in the early 1830’s and onward the United States was not so united. The Tariff act of 1828 or more well known by its nickname “The Tariff of Abominations” was designed to help support the northern industries by an increase of taxes on the British bringing in raw materials to sell. By taxing the British it gave the northern port economy’s an influx of wealth from the taxes. However, the South grew angry that the north was no longer purchasing the southern goods, lowering profits with their once best trade partner. “The opposition to the tariff of 1828 was led by the state of South Carolina and John C. Calhoun, who was now beginning his career as an advocate of states’ rights and a defender of the institution of slavery as well. He anonymously prepared a special report for his home state 's legislature that became known as the South Carolina Exposition and Protest, which developed the theory of nullification” (Ellis). The south took advantage of the nullification system and abused it to the point where it helped organize the framework of the American Civil War.

The legal theory of nullification “argues that the individual states of the United States have the right to strike down, or nullify, federal laws “(Gale) which were commonly used to dispute taxation. As an attempt for states to become more independent many states sought to nullify laws and acts set forth from the federal government. However, nullification was quite a common occurrence which…

Related Documents