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attack; and the chief local interest was the peculiar institution of the South!
Calhoun's important contributions to the theory of American government began in 1828 in connection with the agitation in South Carolina about the tariff question.
From that time on, his attention was largely devoted to inculcating the doctrine thaprotection of the minority, and in his quest for these doctrines he worked out a notable series of constitutional principles and philosophical theories.
Between 1828 and 1833 he developed his theories in defence of nullification by a single state.
The basis of the right is of course the sovereignty of the state, and Calhoun inhave, through the negative, the power of self-defence—and this meant, in reality, the South as a section and slavery as an interest.
Through his whole career from 1828 till his death in 1850 there appears consistently this right of a minority to protect itself.
One other word must be said of Calhoun's work; for he did much mor