The Tariff Debate


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  • The North and South given the tariff
  • North
  • The government has agreed on a national protective tariff of goods. From now on, merchants will have to pay a fee to import goods.
  • South
  • The Northern Opinion on the Tariff
  • I am so excited for the tariff! My sales have already increased dramatically.
  • There should be more tariffs! Everyone likes that the American goods are cheaper than imported goods!
  • The Southern Opinion on the Tariff
  • This doesn't even benefit us either! There are almost no factories here. Can't we nullify the's part of a state's rights!
  • The government is biased toward us! They know we rely on European imports to survive! We will have to spend fortunes on taxes!
  • In the above cell, a government official has just notified the North and South of the protective tariff on goods. Let's see their reactions.
  • Calhoun's Declaration
  • I feel so betrayed by you and South Carolina! You went behind by back to support people against me! Anyways, I am not accepting this silly declaration!
  • The North liked having a tariff on imported goods. This was because it made their own goods cheaper. This would increase their business and they would make a lot more money.
  • The Nullification
  • I want to end this controversy right now. I am requesting for you to pass a lower tariff. Hopefully with this new tariff, we can keep both the North and South calm.
  • The South, however, did not like the tariff. They relied heavily on imported goods and this increased the taxes they had to pay. Also, since there was very little manufacturers in the South , the tariff wouldn't benefit many. They believed the tariff showed the government's bias toward the South.
  • The Force Act and Final Compromise
  • They are not happy! South Carolina has nullified the lower tariff!
  • Vice President John Calhoun supported the state's nullification of the tariff. He wrote the state's declaration and showed it to President Jackson. Jackson, however, did not like South Carolina's vote against the tariff. He was outraged and felt betrayed by Calhoun. He felt that South Carolina had disobeyed him.
  • Mr. President, I have a declaration from South Carolina to nullify your national tariff. I am supporting this controversy and I wrote this document with them.
  • Jackson wanted to end this uprising. Congress passed a lower tariff to please the South. But, the South didn't want a tariff at all. They passed the Nullification Act, refusing to pay the tariff.
  • We have agreed on passing the new tariff because we agree with your reasoning.
  • Jackson passed the Force Act, allowing him to send troops to collect tax money. South Carolina then nullified that act. There was only a compromise after the Force Act was passed. But, the Tariff of Abominations was one of the few reasons the Civil War began.
  • I am passing the Force Act, allowing me to send troops to collect taxes! But, I will work on a compromise, only after the Force Act is in action.
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