The idea of nullification was a response to the Tariff of Abominations (or the Tariff of 1828) led by vice-president John C. Calhoun. Under Calhoun's leadership the South had dug a hole, fallen into it, and pulled the dirt in over itself. Here in the next few days, I will explore in detail exactly how this issue was dealt with and how it was "resolved".

Table of Contents

Calhoun's Theory
The Webster - Hayne Debate
The Rift With Calhoun
The South Carolina Ordinance
Jackson's Firm Response
Clay's Compromise