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The nullification controversy

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The nullification controversy.  To southerners, who depended more on imports than any other region of the country, the Tariff of  1828 was both discriminatory and unconstitutional. Calhoun responded to it by drafting the  South  Carolina Exposition and Protest  , which introduced the idea that states had the right to nullify  (refuse to obey) any law passed by Congress they considered unjust. Jackson supported protective  tariffs but agreed to a slight reduction in rates in 1832. The change did not go far enough for  Calhoun. He resigned the vice presidency in protest and returned to South Carolina, whose  legislature promptly sent him back to Washington as a senator.  Calhoun claimed that the only tariff permitted by the Constitution was one that raised money for the  common good. Tariffs that adversely affected the economy of one part of the nation (the South) while 
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