The Nullification Crisis Essay

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February 22, 2013
The Nullification Crisis
The Nullification Crisis was a revolt by the citizens against Andrew Jackson and the Union, whereby they sought liberty and the state of being free, including various social, political, and economic privileges. This attempt to revolt against Jackson failed, and their seceding from the country was not granted. In these efforts to secede, they sought liberty and worked together as a state to gain what they believed to be free and include various privileges they rightfully have.
The Nullification Crisis displayed the attempt of the citizen’s to achieve the securing of the blessings of liberty, yet the citizen’s attempt failed. In 1819, Andrew Jackson was elected as President of the United States.
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The government was not securing the citizen’s blessings of liberty, or hampering these freedoms. They were simply responding to the citizen’s efforts to revolt against the Union and gain liberty. The government solely wanted to keep the Union together, they had little interest in the actual liberty of the citizens, as a whole or individually. The government passed the Tariff of 1832, which did lower the rates of the Tariff of 1828, yet South Carolina’s citizens were still not pleased. The citizens reacted and tried to gain South Carolina’s state legislature’s approval on nullifying the new tariff, and their efforts were successful. The legislature nullified the tariff, chose Hayne as South Carolina’s governor, and appointed Calhoun to fulfill Hayne’s position in the Senate. The citizens enacted all of these efforts, yet they needed the aid of their own state’s government to enforce their plan. Therefore, the government did not set forth to secure the blessings of liberty, it was merely the citizens exertions and notions. The actions of the citizens provoked Jackson’s anger, to the point in which he sent an army to control South Carolina. Once again, the citizen’s efforts to secure their blessings of liberty aggravated the government to reprimand and control South Carolina’s revolt. South Carolina’s citizens were upset by the government’s action, so Calhoun and South Carolina called