Andrew Jackson: Proclamation to the People of South Carolina Regarding Nullification

(1832)

On December 10, 1832, Andrew Jackson issued the Proclamation to the People of South Carolina regarding Nullification. The proclamation was in response to the South Carolina Ordinance of Nullification, passed by a special session of the South Carolina state legislature on November 24, 1832. The issue that lay behind the Ordinance of Nullification was tariffs, which had been the subject of controversy since 1819, when Congress began to consider tariffs a form of protection for manufacturing rather than purely a revenue-raising measure. When Congress passed the Tariff of 1832, South Carolinians, who had long opposed the tariff, organized a campaign to reject the legislation.

In his annual message to Congress on December 4, Jackson called for a reduction in the tariff in accordance with states' rights principles. Just days later, however, he issued his Proclamation to the People of South Carolina regarding Nullification, rejecting the nullifiers’ claims that the states...

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Andrew Jackson's proclamation (Library of Congress)

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