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In Their Own Words

December 17, 1828

Georgia Opposed Tariff of 1828

The Georgia House of Representatives adopted a resolution opposing the Tariff of 1828 enacted by Congress that stated in part:

“We oppose the Tariff Law, last enacted, because we believe it to be both in its object and its spirit, unconstitutional … a liberal reciprocity of trade, between our own and foreign Nations, being by this means destroyed, the Vendor of Agriculture products is in effect deprived of a Choice of Market, either foreign or domestic, and compelled to vend in the latter … We recommend a policy for self-preservation; exhorting each State opposed to the tariff policy, to ward off its effects, by living as far as possible, within itself.”

Source: Ga. Laws 1828, pp. 183-192.