A nickname by Southerns for the 1828 Tariff that was made to help protect US Industry.

Exact DefinitionEdit

What is it?

The Tariff of Abominations was a nick name given to the The Tariff of 1828 by Southerners. It was a protective tariff passed by the US congress around 1828 and was designed to protect industry in the northern United States. It was labeled the Tariff of Abominations by its southern haters because of the effects it had on the antebellum Southern economy and would lead to the Nullification Crisis.

What did it do?

The Tariff taxed imported goods because those imported goods were cheaper than US goods, the South relied heavily on these goods. The Tariff help to protect the Northern economy but caused a great amount of troubles for the South because British trade traffic would decrease which made exporting the South's cotton more problematic.


Important because the South viewed it as further hindering their economy and created more friction which helped fuel later events such as the Civil War.

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