1828 Nullification Crisis

1828 Nullification Crisis

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  • 1828- Tariff of Abominations is passed. The people of South Carolina were dissatisfied with the 45% tax on imported goods. " acts laying duties and imposts on foreign imports, but in reality, intended for the protection of domestic manufactures,”
  • The people of South Carolina were very upset by the tariff and felt like the southerners were being targeted by the government. “Following the passage of the protective Tariff of 1828, South Carolinians began arguing that individual states possess the ability to void or “nullify” federal laws that they deem to represent a blatant violation of the constitutional compact”
  • 1828- Tariff of Abomination
  • 1832- Andrew Jackson decreased the Tariff of Abomination from 45% to 35% in hopes to fix the Southerner’s unhappiness with the 1828 Tariff of Abomination. 
  • The people of South Carolina were still very troubled and felt attacked by the Tariff of Abomination even after President Jackson lowered the tax so they decided to nullify the tariff and threatened secession if Jackson attempted to forcibly collect the tariff. 
  • 1832- Tariff of Abomination
  • Andrew Jackson was very mad about South Carolina nullifying the Tariff and threatening to leave the country so he threatened to hang senator Calhoun and all other nullifiers. He then proceeded to dispatch the army and navy to South Carolina 
  • In 1833 Henry Clay came up with the compromise tariff of 1833. This plan consisted of decreasing the tariff 10% every 8 years. Eventually the tariff dropped to 20%-25%. This compromise squeaked through Congress.  
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