Search

Last Best Hope of Earth

A Blog Covering US History and Politics

Tag

Tariff Act of 1832

The Early Federal Government Surplus

henry-clay-orator
Henry Clay Addressing the Senate.

Toward the end of President Andrew Jackson’s second term, the federal government had come to enjoy a substantial surplus, primarily coming as a result of land sales and “proceeds from the Tariff 0f 1833.” Daniel Walker Howe, What Hath God Wrought: Transformation of America, 1815-1848, 499.

Continue reading “The Early Federal Government Surplus”

The Nullification Crisis

edward_livingston2c_u-s-_secretary_of_state
Edward Livingston as Secretary of State.

John Calhoun and his like-minded supporters hoped that nullification would become a legitimate alternative to secession for the South. Nullification was the doctrine that Calhoun believed meant that states could nullify a federal law, on the basis that states had their own sovereignty and the federal government could not infringe on that sovereignty. See Daniel Walker Howe, What Hath God Wrought: Transformation of America, 1815-1848, 402. This approach was designed to primarily perpetuate the institution of slavery, without the conflict culminating in secession, or worse, civil war.

Continue reading “The Nullification Crisis”

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑