Why did southern Caroline almost secede from the union in 1832?
A Tariff was passed in 1828 to protect US business interests against British business. Unfortunately, US businesses were experiencing a slump in the 1820 in some areas of the country. South Carolina and parts of New England were among those hit the hardest. It was hoped with Andrew Jackson being elected, he would lower or remove the Tariff. When nothing had happened by 1828, some factions in South Carolina advocated declaring the law null and void in the state. Political factions in Washington DC were split, with Vice President Calhoun supporting the state’s action. When he resigned the Vice Presidency, President Jackson signed the Tariff of 1832 which made some slight reductions in Tariffs. They were too little too late for South Carolina who passed a law stating that the Tariffs of 1828 and 1832 would not be legal or enforced after Feb. 1, 1833. The state prepared for military intervention by the Federal Government to enforce the Tariffs. In Feb. 1832, a law allowing the use of force