Unformatted text preview: Jackson's tariff bill ultimately prevailed and passed both the House and Senate by a wide margin. South Carolina, however, held out. The state called a special session of the legislature to consider its options. With the Union appearing to be breaking up and civil war seemingly looming on the horizon, Jackson ordered army and navy forces to stand ready in Virginia and Charleston. The South Carolina legislature voted on November 24, 1832, to declare Jackson's tariffs null and void and prohibit their collection within the state–and it warned that any force used in an attempt to change the state's decision would force a vote of secession. Jackson scrambled to stop the "nullies." He looked to the support of Unionists within South Carolina and moved munitions into North Carolina. In his annual message to Congress he explained that if the tariffs were found to be excessive, they would be...
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