Nullification Crisis Dbq Analysis

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There have been many times where presidents of the United States make decisions that deal with critical problems of the nation. These actions have had varying rates of success. An example of this is the Nullification crisis in which South Carolina refused to honor the Tariffs of 1828 and 1832 because they stated that they were unconstitutional. President Jackson had to revise the tariff so that everyone could agree on set taxes of imported goods and so that the country could focus on issues that would be more important in the long run. Another example is the Southern states’ secession from the United States. In this, eleven states seceded because of many reasons, including the fact that the North was against slavery, which was the main way…show more content…
This tariff was established by President John Quincy Adams to help the economy in the United States. They said it violated the constitution so they nullified it. President Jackson tried to address this issue by revising the tariff, which was the Tariff of 1832, which the residents of South Carolina thought would help them, but did nothing for them. They again nullified this tariff. What President Jackson did was he made the Force Bill which stated that the president can deploy military forces into South Carolina. He also made a revised tariff that said that gradually prices on imported goods would be cut to 20%. The Force Bill was nullified and South Carolina agreed to the revised Tariff of…show more content…
President Jackson’s decision to create a new compromised tariff was beneficial to not only South Carolina, but the whole country because they could focus on more important issues, like slavery. President Lincoln’s decision to institute a draft so that he could get more power on the side of the Union, as well as the Emancipation Proclamation, which ensured that other nations like Britain and France didn’t help on the Confederate side to win the Civil War. These issues still stick with us today, for example the idea of states ’ rights, which applied to the Nullification Crisis when South Carolina nullified the tariffs, can still be found in controversial decisions about different drugs, as well as firearms. Racism and discrimination still occasionally happen to African-Americans, which carries along the idea of how the United States has always had conflicting views about slavery and African-American rights. Presidents of the United States of America will continue to make decisions to ease the tensions in the country on controversial issues, and previous decisions will come up again, like history always
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