Need help with a History Question about the Missouri Compromise

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 Shortly after the Missouri Compromise, Congress imposed tariffs on foreign imports, which severely impacted the South. In response, South Carolina threatened to nullify the new taxes. Ultimately, a compromise was made and a stand-off was averted. Should states be able to "ignore" laws or policies mandated by the federal government?

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School: Carnegie Mellon University

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Whether or not a state has to follow a federal law depends on the structure of the law and the application of the Bill of Rights, especially the 10th amendment, due to their implication in order to protect states rights. According to the structure of the law, the Bill of Rights may protect the state from following whatever is decreed by the federal government and the state may be able to over rule it with a preceding law. If a contradiction is found, it can be returned to the Supreme Court to determine who rules in favor. According to the Bill of Rights, especially the 10th amendment, they do not ignore the law but hold power over it through restrictions on what the federal government can involve themselves in. 

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