Union at Risk: Jacksonian Democracy, States' Rights and the Nullification Crisis
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Union at Risk: Jacksonian Democracy, States' Rights and the Nullification Crisis

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The Nullification Crisis of 1832-33 is undeniably the most important major event of Andrew Jackson's two presidential terms. Attempting to declare null and void the high tariffs enacted by Congress in the late 1820s, the state of South Carolina declared that it had the right to ignore those national laws that did not suit it. Responding swiftly and decisively, Jackson issu...more
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Published December 28th 1989 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1987)
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Douglas
Interesting reading on a subject I knew little about. Just a reminder that even centuries before the Tea Party, there were a lot of people in the U.S. who thought that everything they did not like was unconstitutional. However they seemed to put a lot more thought into it back then, and Calhoun's theory of "nullification" was much more elaborate than anything the originalists and pseudo-originalists can come up with now. Wrong, but he clearly did a lot more thinking about it. The author gives a...more
Kate
This is an interesting analysis of the Nullification Crisis of 1832-33, but it is written in a rather dry academic style that makes it slow going. I particularly liked Ellis' discussion of how nullification (the idea that any state, based on its sovereignty, may nullify - or refuse to acknowledge - any law passed by the federal government) fits in with various theories of states' rights. He also points out how the convergence of nullification and states' rights theories with efforts to justify s...more
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