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In 1828 Congress passed a high tariff on american goods, the southerners hated it.
Andrew Jackson's vice president John C. Calhoun opposed the tariff. Southerners dubbed it the "Tariff of Abominations."
So John Calhoun came up with "nullification", saying that a state could nullify and federal law viewed as unconstitutional.
Many southerners were in agreement with Calhoun and hoped that Jackson would nullify the tariff.
Instead Jackson set a new tariff into law that was less harsh.
Many southerners were unhappy with this and in response Calhoun resigned his vice presidency, and South Carolina threatened to secede from the union.
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