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Nullification Crisis

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Definition: Constitutional struggle between some states and President Andrew Jackson. The states didn't want to pay the protective tariff that Jackson wanted, and the states claimed the right to "nullify," or declare void the tariff. This would have meant that the states didn't have to pay the tariff. More importantly, it would have meant that the states would have had authority over the federal government in a basic economic matter like the tariff. The states involved withdrew their objection to the tariff, mainly because of yet another compromise bill introduced by Henry Clay. This bill gradually reduced tariffs for 11 years, putting off the nullification question until then.

Related Resources:
The Nullification Crisis
Detail about the who, the what, and the why.

The 19th Century
An overview of the time in which the Nullification Crisis took place.

Elsewhere on the Web:
An Overview of the Nullification Crisis
Read about the causes, criticisms, and consequences of this great constitutional struggle.

Biography of Andrew Jackson
The man and his accomplishments come alive in this fascinating biography.

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