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Nullification Handout

Nullification Handout

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Handout about the Nullification Crisis
Handout about the Nullification Crisis

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Published by: Antonia Keithahn on Apr 03, 2012
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Name:_________________________ Name in Cherokee:___________________________ The Nullification Crisis: Setting the Scene Since the founding of the

United States, there has been a struggle between those who believe that the nation is the most important level of government (the Federalists) and those who saw states’ rights as more important (the Republicans). Earlier conflicts over national vs. states’ rights included the Alien and Sedition Acts, passed by President John Adams, and the seemingly endless debates over tariffs. Tariffs had a different impact on southern states than those in the North, but national policies did not take this into consideration. South Carolina in particular was hit hard by the Tariff Act of 1828, and politicians from that state began to call for nullification. You are: President Andrew Jackson, a Democrat. You value states’ rights but your presidential term has been marred by a banking crisis, and now South Carolinians are threatening your presidential authority. What are your thoughts about nullification? Should South Carolina be allowed to nullify, or negate, the Tariff Acts? Why, or why not? Take some notes in the space below and be prepared to debate this issue with your classmates. __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________

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