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A New Nation
(1776-1830)

Tariff of Abominations



Tariff of Abominations
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 5 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.86

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    calhoun, happening, reelection, unconstitutional, federal, compromise, civil, president, power, vice, history, powerful, government, army, lower, allow
     content words:    Andrew Jackson, John C., United States, John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, Then South Carolina, South Carolina, Nullification Act, Henry Clay


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Tariff of Abominations
By Cathy Pearl
  

1     The president and vice president are supposed to be friends. They need to work together in order to help the country. Andrew Jackson and John C. Calhoun didn't feel this way anymore. They became enemies over the issue of states' rights.
 
2     This is the right of a state to limit the power the federal government has. In the 1800s, it was an issue in the United States. The states didn't want the government to be too powerful, just like the government didn't want states to be too powerful. This led to many arguments.
 
3     The highest tariff in history was passed in 1828. A tariff helps to protect businesses from foreign competition. Southerners called this new tariff the Tariff of Abominations. An abomination is something that is hated.
 
4     Andrew Jackson wasn't president yet. John Quincy Adams signed the bill into law. He knew it would be used against him, and he was right. When he ran for reelection, Jackson defeated him.
 
5     The north was happy with the new law. There were many businesses in the north. This law would help to protect them.

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