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What is the significance of John C. Calhoun?

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John C. Calhoun was a very significant individual in the South and in our country. John C. Calhoun was a young war hawk that got elected to Congress. He favored going to war with Great Britain in the War of 1812.

He is most known for his views on the protective tariff, states’ rights, secession, and slavery. Calhoun was very concerned that the protective tariff was hurting the South while it helped the North. He believed that a state had a right to nullify a law if it the law hurt the state while it helped another state. This concept, called nullification, was a key belief of John C. Calhoun.

John C. Calhoun also believed in the concept of secession. He said a state could withdraw or leave the...

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