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  • The Tariff Debate
  • I propose we place a high tariff on all imported goods.
  • Great idea sir! Now more people will buy American goods.
  • The North's Opinion
  • This high tariff is great! More people are buying our manufactured goods!
  • I couldn't agree more! My business is flourishing!
  • The South's Opinion
  • I can't believe this new tariff! This could only effect us negatively!
  • What if Britain stops buying my cotton because people will have stopped buying their goods?
  • I agree with you guys!
  • In 1828, Andrew Jackson placed a high tariff on all imported goods in hopes that more citizens would purchase American goods instead of foreign goods. However, John Calhoun (the Vice President at the time) opposed the tariff.
  • The South Strikes Back
  • How about we lower it?
  • We want the tariff gone!
  • The northern states responded well to the tariff and were glad that it made their manufactured goods less expensive and more people were buying their products.
  • Jackson's Response
  • If the south can't accept the tariff, we'll have to force them to accept it!
  • In contrast, the southern states were infuriated about the tariff. They believed that the government was biased towards the north because the tariff helped them, but negatively impacted the south. They were in agreement with Calhoun and thought they shouldn't have to abide by the rules and pay the tariff.
  • The South's Success
  • A Force Bill?! I don't think so!
  • Because the south was so upset, the government agreed to lower the tariff (twice), but the south was still not satisfied. This resulted in the creation of the Nullification Act, declaring that they refused to pay any tax they thought to be illegal.
  • Even lower?
  • No! No tariff! What if Britain stops buying our goods? Why can't we buy goods we know we could get for cheaper?
  • We nullify the tariff!
  • Andrew Jackson then had Congress pass the Force Bill. This allowed the military to enforce acts of Congress. By doing this, Jackson had the support of Congress and it threatened the rebelling states in a very public way.
  • I propose a Force Bill.
  • What do you propose?
  • When Jackson placed a high tariff on all imported goods, the south hated it. They refused to pay the tariff and wanted to nullify it. The Nullification Act was created, allowing the people to nullify any law or tax they think is illegal. Jackson then proposed the Force Bill which would make them pay the tariff. The south then nullified that! Jackson didn't do anything about this and it was considered a small but important win for states' rights.
  • We nullify that!
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