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How did the Nullification Crisis impact the U.S?

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During the Nullification Crisis, South Carolina threatened to secede over what it referred to as the "Tariff of Abominations." The South rejected high tariffs, viewing them as being put into place to protect Northern manufacturers. The South resented the higher prices paid on imports because it was largely an agricultural economy. South Carolina rejected the tariff hike and stated that it would leave the Union if forced to collect the tariff.

This conflict was interesting, since the proposed leader of a seceded South Carolina was John C. Calhoun, the vice president of the United States. Andrew Jackson threatened to lead a column of troops to ensure South Carolina's compliance with the tariff collection and to make sure that the state did not leave the Union. South Carolina ultimately backed down when no other Southern states joined it in secession. The Nullification Crisis was important, as it saw the United States coming close to civil war nearly three decades before it actually...

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