edHelper.com
A Nation Divided
(1840-1861)

South Carolina Ordinance of Nullification



South Carolina Ordinance of Nullification
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 9 to 10
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.31

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    abomination, Hayne, insurrection, null, importers, secession, majority, revenue, minority, further, unconstitutional, brink, legislature, propose, status, advocate
     content words:    United States, Civil War, John C., South Carolinian, Vice President, Robert Y., Federal Union, President Andrew Jackson, South Carolina State, United States Congress


Print South Carolina Ordinance of Nullification
     Print South Carolina Ordinance of Nullification  (font options, pick words for additional puzzles, and more)


Quickly Print - PDF format
     Quickly Print: PDF (2 columns per page)

     Quickly Print: PDF (full page)


Quickly Print - HTML format
     Quickly Print: HTML


Proofreading Activity
     Print a proofreading activity


Feedback on South Carolina Ordinance of Nullification
     Leave your feedback on South Carolina Ordinance of Nullification  (use this link if you found an error in the story)



South Carolina Ordinance of Nullification
By Mary L. Bushong
  

1     Some people think that when the South seceded from the United States, that it was a sudden decision. Nothing could be further from the truth. The first real challenge about states' rights happened almost thirty years before the secession leading up to the Civil War.
 
2     In 1828, a new tariff was passed by the Congress of the United States. The purpose of it was not only to get revenue, but to equalize the prices of goods produced in the U.S. with cheaper goods imported from abroad. When goods came in from overseas, a heavy tax was applied. The importers would pass the cost of the tax on to the customers.
 
3     Since most of these goods were imported to the Southern states, many of the people living there considered it a tax against them. Rich land owners especially resented this new cut into their profits.
 
4     John C. Calhoun, a native South Carolinian and Vice President of the United States, was vocally against it. He was a strong advocate for states' rights and thought the tariff was unfair. He joined in his state's protest. In 1830 he made a speech declaring that the tariff was unconstitutional. Robert Y. Hayne, the S.C. Senator, declared that the issue was one of States' Rights versus the rights of centralized power.

Paragraphs 5 to 12:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable


Copyright © 2009 edHelper