Unformatted text preview: could lead to outlawing slavery. South Carolina also considers the tariff unfair because it could ruin its economy if foreign countries retaliate with their own tariff on American cotton exports. 2. Calhoun believes the proper response to the tariff is not to submit to it. Doing so would set a bad precedent, so it must be protested, he says. His legal argument is that the tariff is unconstitutional, and that the 1st article of the Constitution gives the states (not the federal government) the power to carry out purposes not covered in the Constitution....
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- Spring '08
- History, U.S. state, John C. Calhoun