Mr. Dowling
Tariff of Abominations

Why did the South hate the Tariff of Abominations?

1828-Congress passed the highest tariff in the history of the United States.

Southerners called it the Tariff of Abominations because they hated it. It increased the price of manufactured goods and it became more difficult to export.

John C. Calhoun (South)-Believed states had a right to nullify a federal law that it considered unconstitutional

Daniel Webster (North)-Believed the Constitution united the American people. If states had the right to nullify federal laws, the nation would fall apart

South Carolina threatened to secede from the Union if the high tariff remained.

Henry Clay proposed a compromise of a lower tariff which was supported by President Andrew Jackson and the crisis passed.

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