Nullification Crisis

Nullification Crisis

  • South Carolina did not like the protective tariff

o   believed it was a state’s right to nullify and not collect the tax or void a law they believed to be unconstitutional


  • John C. Calhoun of South Carolina was Jackson’s VP
  • 1832, South Carolina legislature nullified the tariff

o   threatened to secede from the Union if federal government used force

  • Jackson did not agree with this

o   Calhoun resigned

  • Jackson did get Congress to lower the tariff and South Carolina backed down