The Nullification Crisis

The Nullification Crisis
 South Carolina wrote a document titled “South Carolina Exposition
and Protest” in response to the tariff of 1828
 They were protesting the collection of the tax on imports.
 Within the document eight reasons are listed for their nullification of
the tariff.
1. Congress was given powers by the people but with limits so
that they do not violate the Constitution.
2. The power to tax imports is not specifically given to Congress
and does not benefit all people.
3. South Carolina feels the tariff was passed to benefit
manufacturers only.
4. Regulating commerce or trade could lead to government control
of all aspects of domestic industry.
5. Tax on imports does not necessarily limit foreign trade or
benefit US agriculture or manufacturing.
6. The power to protect manufacturers is not specifically given to
Congress, so it violates the 10th Amendment (powers not
specifically given to federal government goes to the state).
7. The tariff is unequal and is an abuse of government power.
8. South Carolina is dependent upon agriculture and trade,
therefore if the tax makes producing crops unprofitable, the
state will collapse.