nullification

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the states'-rights doctrine that a state can refuse to recognize or to enforce a federal law passed by the United States Congress

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Upon closer examination, and contrary to the statements of supporters and critics alike, these recent state measures regarding health care, guns, driver's licenses, and medicinal marijuana fall short of invoking the clearly discredited doctrine of nullification embodied in the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798, (12) the resolutions of several New England states in response to the Embargo of 1807, (13) the South Carolina Nullification Ordinance of 1832, (14) Wisconsin's nullification of the Fugitive Slave Law in 1859, (15) and interposition acts adopted by eight southern states in 1956 and 1957 in response to the Supreme Court's school desegregation rulings.
Scholarly supporters and critics alike have been complicit in this misunderstanding, with critics understandably seeking to de-legitimize recent state measures by associating them with the repudiated doctrine of nullification, especially as practiced by southern states in the 1830's and 1950's, and some supporters equally willing to embrace the nullification label out of a desire to associate them with the Jeffersonian doctrine of nullification invoked in the 1790's.
The Crossings court dramatically likened the arguments of the property appraiser to secessionist doctrine of the pre-Civil War era, stating "that to allow a public official to refuse to obey a law would be 'the doctrine of nullification, pure and simple.
Post-Lincolnian historians have not been friendly to the Jeffersonian doctrine of nullification, viewing it as a threat to the Union.
Calhoun's own reasons for supporting the concurrent majority and the doctrine of nullification appear best stated in his posthumously published Disquisition on Government (1853).