What were the economic and social causes of the Nullification Crisis? What were the economic and social causes of the Nullification Crisis? Do you agree with John C. Calhoun’s insistence that...

What were the economic and social causes of the Nullification Crisis?

What were the economic and social causes of the Nullification Crisis? Do you agree with John C. Calhoun’s insistence that nullification was not secession? 

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The economic causes of the crisis are well-known. Essentially, South Carolina planters, especially cotton planters, perceived that the passage of a series of protective tariffs was harmful to South Carolina's economy, because they raised the prices on manufactured goods that South Carolinians depended on. Additionally, the tariffs hurt British exports, which deprived British merchants of the cash they needed to import cotton from South Carolina and elsewhere. These facts also must be understood in the context of an expanding cotton South, as South Carolina's planters feared that they could no longer compete economically with planters on the new, richer soils in Alabama, Mississippi, and elsewhere.

The social causes of the crisis are more complex, and indeed...

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