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How did President Andrew Jackson respond to the Nullification Crisis?

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The Nullification Crisis was brought about by a tariff increase which, in many parts of the South, was called the Tariff of Abominations. The South was more dependent on imports than the North and would have had to pay more for goods. The tariff was raised in order to protect Northern manufacturing interests. South Carolina stated that they would not enforce the tariff and threatened secession. This was important because the most prominent South Carolinian politician of the day, John C. Calhoun, was Andrew Jackson's vice-president.

Jackson saw the threat of secession as a threat to federal authority and he stated that he would personally lead an army into South Carolina in order to enforce federal control. South Carolina backed down from its secession threat when other states did not join in protesting the tariff and secession. This threat to the Union, nearly thirty years before the Civil War, proved that the nation was becoming more sectarian than ever and would soon split unless...

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