SAT Subject US History Practice Question 1040: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 1040

3. Who did not support the idea of nullification?

A. John C. Calhoun
B. Thomas Jefferson
C. James Madison
D. Robert Hayne
E. Daniel Webster

Correct Answer: E


Nullification was the doctrine that a state could declare a federal law unconstitutional and not obey it, making it "null and void." Anti-nullification Daniel Webster debated Hayne, who supported Calhoun's resurrection of the nullification doctrines of '98. The idea originated in 1798 when Madison and Jefferson first wrote the Virginia and Kentucky Resolutions, asking other states to support them in nullifying the Alien and Sedition Acts.

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