Class Notes

If you think politics are strange now, in 1828 southern legislatures pushed through a bill that would raise tariffs to an incredibly high rate. John Quincy Adams did not agree with the high rate in the bill but passed it anyway because he did not see it as his responsibility to veto a bill simply because he disagreed with it (no presidents did at that point). However, once Adams passed the bill the southerners came out against it and called it the Tariff of Abominations and used it to attack Adams in the next election.

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