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Nullification Crisis

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Jackson's response to the South Carolina Legislature's actions of passing a Nullification Act and nullifying the Tariff of 1832 was to

A

push for a much lower tariff to defuse the crisis.

B

file an injunction and rely on Chief Justice John Marshall's federalist leanings.

C

let Congress lead on the issue, which Congress did by passing a censure and convincing South Carolina's Congressional delegation to persuade their state leaders to rescind the Nullification Act.

D

get authorization from Congress to use whatever military means necessary to force South Carolina to back down.

E

do nothing, as South Carolina's actions were compatible with Jackson's pro-states' rights beliefs.